National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd (NTDC) has connected the 1320 MW Sahiwal coal-fired power plant with the national grid through a 500 kV transmission line under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework.
Construction work of the 5 km long transmission line was completed in November 2016, ahead of its deadline. The first unit of Sahiwal the plant is expected to start 660 MW power generation in May 2017, whereas the power plant will be fully operational with 1320 MW in June 2017. The power will be evacuated through 500 kV grid station Yousafwala and 500 kV Grid Station Lahore.
A spokesman for NTDC has said that 500 kV transmission line Yousafwala- Lahore was closed for a week (20 - 27 January 2017) to connect the newly-built 1320 MW Sahiwal coal-fired power plant with the national grid. As a result, load management was carried out in LESCO, GEPCO and FESCO areas. However, consumers were provided power through alternative sources. After the restoration of the transmission line, the forced load shedding has been ended in aforementioned areas. The addition of 1320 MW before the summer months will be a great relief for the people of Pakistan.
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