Renovation of fragile energy distribution network demanded

KARACHI: President Society Watch Khalid Mahmoud on Sunday said faulty energy transmission and distribution system is a threat to existing and new power projects.

Government in investing heavily in new power projects to settle energy crisis, but it should also improve transmission and distribution system lest all investment will prove futile, he said. Mahmoud said that situation will not improve unless equal attention is paid to the infirm electricity and gas transmission and distribution network.

The infirm network is hampering provision of available electricity and gas, limiting distribution of energy generated by new and old power plants which is adding to burden on public exchequer, he said. T&D network is backbone of the energy system but many former government had totally ignored this critical sector which has resulted in wastage of electricity worth Rs 180 billion per annum while has worth 30 billion rupees is also wasted.

The government needs to lure local and foreign investors to invest heavily to strengthen and modernise T&D network which requires increased incentives, he said, adding that T&D network is a major bottleneck in properly linking power projects with national grid and distributing energy among masses and commercial.

The existing old-fashioned gas infrastructure cannot sustain the pressure of gas from Iran or Turkmenistan; therefore, it must be improved immediately, otherwise all efforts to tame energy crisis through Iran gas will go down the drain, he warned.