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Pakistan approves Iran power import plan

Islamabad, July 1, IRNA - Pakistan has formally approved a plan to import electricity from Iran for areas in southwestern Baluchistan province, officials have said.

The two countries had signed a deal to supply electricity to the port city of Gwadar and coastal areas of Baluchistan in February this year.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP), a decision-making body in Pakistan, approved yesterday the project which envisages construction of about 22 KV GIS sub-station using 100km long 220 KV double circuit twin bundle transmission line from the Pak-Iran border to Gwadar.

The Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI) would provide up to 85 percent finances for the project, while the Pakistan's National Transmission Dispatch Company (NDTC) would provide the 15 percent liquidity, according to reports.

The import of power transmission will be through 220 KV 170-KM link between proposed 220 KV Polan sub-station and 220 KV Gwadar Industrial State sub-station.

The NTDC would arrange the financing by commercial borrowing from the banks or financial institutions. The project would be completed in 36 months.

Officials say that under the 30-year agreement, Iran would initially supply 100 MW power at the rate of 6.25 cents per unit which is extendable upto 400 MW.

The officials at the time of the signing agreement had stated that the total cost of the project is dlrs 86 million of which dlrs 26 million will be shared by Iran which has been included in the tariff applicable from Dec 31, 2008. The remaining dlrs 60 million will be borne by NTDC.

Iran has already been supplying electricity to Pakistan for four and half years at a tariff of five cents per KWh at three points at Mand interconnection 35 MW on 132 KV and 2 MW each at Tuftan and Mashkhel through 20 KV.

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