Work On $1.57 Bn Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Soon


Work on $1.57 bn Matiari-Lahore transmission line soon

LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : The construction work on 878-kilometer long HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) 660 Kilo Volt (KV) Matiari (Sindh)-Lahore Transmission Line Project worth USD 1.57 billion under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be initiated within next two month.

The 4000 MW power evacuated through 660 KV HVDC Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line would be obtained from upcoming coal-based thermal power plants at Thar, Port Qasim and Hub, and it would be completed within 24 to 30 months.

National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) spokesman told APP here Wednesday that two HVDC 660 KV transmission lines from Matiari to Lahore and Port Qasim to Faisalabad were planned in the CPEC projects, and a cooperation agreement in this connection had also been signed between NTDC and State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC/CET).

The HVDC projects would be executed in two phases under Government of Pakistan Transmission Policy-2015 on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis, he maintained. The spokesman said HVDC Matiari-Lahore Project would be carried out in first phase, adding the project scope would be HVDC 660 KV Transmission Line from Matiari to Lahore, approximate 878KM, with capacity of 4000 MW; two Convertor Stations with AC (Alternate Current) Switching Stations at Matiari and Lahore; Electrode Grounding Stations at Matiari and Lahore.

He explained that Lahore Converter Station and associated AC Switching Station would be located 4-km west of Balloki, on Bhai Pheru-More Khunda Road, ie 60 km from Lahore, and that of Matiari would be located on National Highway, 8 km north from Matiari, village Siakhart (Sindh).

The 4000 MW power evacuated through 660 KV HVDC Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line will be obtained from the following Power Plants: 1320 MW Port Qasim Coal Project (Karachi); 1320 MW Shanghai Electric (Thar) Coal Project; 660MW Engro Thar Coal Project and 1320 MW HUBCO Coal Project (Balochistan).

He mentioned that under fast track power generation policy, 1320 MW Port Qasim Coal Project Karachi's Phase-I of 660 MW would be functioning by 2018 and Phase-II of same capacity would be on the system by 2020; 1320 MW Shanghai Electric (Thar) Coal Project with Phase-I & II of 660 MW each would be completed in 2018 and 2020 respectively; Engro Thar Coal Project Unit I &II 330 MW each would be functioning fully in 2019 and 1320 MW HUBCO Coal Project (Balochistan) would be completed by 2020.