The Asian Development Bank project will “help strengthen the stability of the national grid by increasing its transmission capacity”.
- The project aims to expand the high-voltage transmission network
- Assistance to regional lenders to reduce transmission losses.
- Main objective to improve management of transmission system.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $250 million loan in Pakistan to strengthen the power transmission system in the country facing power shortage.
“This assistance will help deliver reliable electricity to Pakistan by expanding and improving electricity transmission networks in the country’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces,” an official statement issued by ADB said.
“ADB’s Power Transmission Strengthening Project will help strengthen the stability of the national grid by increasing its transmission capacity,” it said.
The regional lender’s project aims to expand the high-voltage transmission network to close the 500 kilovolt (kV) and 220 kV transmission line loops and
“Reliable electricity supply is essential for inclusive, sustainable economic growth and will also provide economic opportunities to rural communities,” said Yevgeny Zhukov, ADB Director-General for Central and West Asia.
“We are pleased to continue supporting Pakistan in its efforts to achieve energy security while improving energy efficiency,” he said.
The project will also complement ADB’s ongoing support to the National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDC), which aims to ensure energy security, climate resilience, and enhance transmission capacity to deploy adequate, reliable, clean, and cost-effective energy. To do.
Another main objective of the project is to improve the management of the country’s national transmission system.
In addition to strengthening power transmission, ADB’s project will also enhance NTDC’s capacity to integrate climate resilience into project and financial management, as well as planning and operations.
“To promote gender equality and women’s participation in the energy sector, ADB will develop guidelines for mentoring, conduct awareness campaigns, set up child care centers, and provide technical training to female employees at NTDC,” said Takhmina Mukhamedova, ADB Senior Energy Specialist. Will provide training.”
“The project also includes livelihood skills development for women in the project areas to improve their economic opportunities, and training to enable local communities to respond to climate-induced natural hazards.”