NTDC proposes to retire 19 power plants during next ten years

ISLAMABAD: National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) has devised a plan to generate power with cheap fuels during the next ten years and forwarded it to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) for approval.

According to details, NTDC has prepared the Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP) 2022-31 in order to generate the electricity with cheap fuels and forwarded IGCEP to NEPRA, seeking approval. NEPRA will hold a hearing on 19th October, 2022 to consider the IGCEP 2022-2031.

According to IGCEP 2022-2031, it is estimated that power demand would approximately rise to 44,668MW in year 2030-2031 while 14,159MW of cheap electricity is proposed to be made part of the power system including 4320MW of electricity through the net metering to meet the future energy and power demand of the country including NTDC and K-Electric (KE) systems.

Similarly, NTDC, in its IGCEP 2022-2031, has proposed to retire 19 power plants of 7339MW capacity which currently exist in the NTDC system while four power plants with 682MW capacity which currently exist in KE system are also proposed to be closed during the next ten years.

Under the IGCEP 2022-2031, 11 RFO run power plants, three gas-fired power plants and five RLNG-run power plants of NTDC system; two RFO-run power plants and two RLNG-fired power plants of the KE system are also proposed to be closed during the next ten years.  

Total installed capacity of the existing NTDC system is 37,949 MW as of June 2022, whereas the de-rated capacity is equivalent to 35,765 MW. Similarly, for the K-Electric system, the installed and de-rated capacities stands at 3,319 MW and 2,941 MW, respectively.

Pursuant to the provisions of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) prevailing Grid Code i.e., Planning Code PC 4 and PC 4.1, the NTDC has prepared IGCEP 2022-31 covering 10 years’ time frame from 2021-22 to 2030-31, encapsulating power generation additions required to meet the future energy and power demand of the country including NTDC and KE systems.

The key objective of the IGCEP is to develop a low-cost, 10-year indicative generation expansion plan for the whole country to meet load and energy demand in a reliable and sustainable manner while maximizing the use of indigenous resources for energy security.

It is pertinent to mention that the Board of Directors of National Transmission & Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) in its 231st meeting held on 13.09.2022 had unanimously resolved and approved the IGCEP 2O22 in accordance with its salient features and provisions of the National Electric Policy 2O21 and the Grid Code 2022 and authorization for submission of IGCEP 2022 to NEPRA.

Ahmad Ahmadani
The author is an investigative journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]

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