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ADB offers $260m loan for expansion of Pakistan's power transmission network

CTBR Staff Writer Published 21 March 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide $260m loan to Pakistan to improve the country’s power transmission network.

The agreement is part of the Second Power Transmission Enhancement Investment Program aimed at improving coverage, reliability, transparency and quality of power transmission service in the country.

This will include the expansion of the 220-kV transmission network in Sindh and Balochistan provinces and upgrading the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and revenue metering systems (RMS) in the country.

The upgradation of SCADA and RMS across the national grid is expected to enable real time monitoring and control of the grid, prevention of losses, and reduction in power outages. 

Liepach said: “A reliable and strong transmission network is essential to ensure uninterrupted supply of power for the industry and to propel economic growth.

“ADB remains committed to work with the Government of Pakistan to develop a larger, stronger, smarter and climate resilient power transmission network.”

Upgrading of the power transmission network can also help in offtaking power from new and renewable power plants to the national grid and on the load centers.

In February, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan had signed a framework for the construction of a 4GW interconnector project between the three countries.

The first phase of the project will use the existing infrastructure under the ADB-financed Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power interconnection project that aims to export power from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

Image: Xiaohong Yang and Syed Ghazanfar Abbas Jilani after the signing ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of The Asian Development Bank.