ISLAMABAD, Nov 07 (SABAH): A team of experts of National Transmission and Distribution Company (NTDC) has left for China to study the Beijing model of electricity being developed for smog to implement the same in the smog hit areas in Pakistan.
The decision to send the team was made at a meeting held in Islamabad on Tuesday and chaired by Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari.
The meeting was convened to assess the situation arising due to outages caused by the new weather conditions in some parts of the country. Officials from all Distribution Companies, NTDC, GNECOs, NPCC and Power Division attended the meeting.
The Federal Minister directed that immediate measures like installation of anti smog and anti fog disc be taken at critical points to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers as there is no shortage of generation in the country.
Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari also directed that all CEOs of the DISCOS and NTDC to sit together and evolve a technically sound solution for the problem in three to four weeks.
The Minister was informed that areas in MEPCO, LESCO and HESCO region are facing unique smog for the first time. The smog contains dust, industrial emissions, carbon mono, ozone and nitrogen oxide. When the smog mixes with moistures at the late hours of night and heated by the high voltage create flash and results in breakage of insulators.
The Federal Minister was informed that so far in last four days 82 points at 500/220KV transmission lines of NTDC have experienced the same phenomenon resulting in tripping. The DISCOs level 132kv transmission lines are also facing same problems and their number is much higher.
The Federal Minister said that the country has already entered into an era of bridging the demand and supply gap after more than one and half decade as sufficient generation is available within the system to meet the demand. He noted that even on Tuesday morning the system demand was 12552 MW, while we have 14000 MW available generation, which clearly shows that there is no shortage of electricity in the country.