Pakistan mulls importing electricity from India
Reeling under severe energy shortages, Pakistan is keen to import 500 to 1000 MW of electricity from India. A top government official seeking anonymity said New Delhi is willing to help. HT reports.business Updated: Jun 15, 2013 02:53 IST
Reeling under severe energy shortages, Pakistan is keen to import 500 to 1000 MW of electricity from India.
A top government official seeking anonymity said New Delhi is willing to help, and is exploring the points that can be used to hook-up the grid in Pakistan through a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line.
The proposal to buy power was made when a power ministry delegation led by joint secretary Rita Acharya visited Pakistan earlier this week, and discussed the broad contours of the proposed arrangement.
Officials said the transmission line may not take very long to build, and power could start flowing in matter of months. However, details and modalities of the purchase and the techno-commercial as well as sovereign arrangements are still to be worked out.
The power-starved nation is ready to explore all options for sourcing power from India. Officials said, Pakistan will have to buy power from India, could be from any source either a private or a public sector power generation plant.
Pakistan wants 500 MW power from India but will have to put in place a transmission network which will facilitate the transfer of electricity. At the same time, India on its part will have to construct a transmission network.