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KESC will meet fully the power demand in Karachi.

Q. What are the New Projects likely to be commissioned in 1993-94?

A. On Generation side there is no project scheduled to be commissioned in 1993-94. On Transmission side remaining projects of U.K. grant will be commissioned i.e. Jacob Lines and Clifton Grid Stations. Transmission lines for Jacob lines Grid Station from Gizri Grid Station and Transmission lines for Clifton Grid Station.

Q. What are the Power projections for 1993-94? How will you meet the targets?

A. For 1993-94, the demand forecasted is 1447 MW. The present capacity is 1738 MW. In case of break-down of any unit there will be a problem in achieving the target.

Q. What steps have you to increase efficiency of KESC various operations?

A. KESC is following an ambitious programme to upgrade/renovate its transmission system under different plans, the distribution system is also being taken care of by utilising KESC's own resources as well as funding from Asian Development Bank, EXIM Bank of Japan. These steps would help in increasing the efficiency of various operations in KESC.

Q. What is the Installed and generating capacity of electricity?

A. Installed capacity of KESC is 1738 MW, while the Generating capability is 1550 MW.

Q. What are the On-going generating projects?

A. KESC is working on 210 MW Bin Qasim Unit No. 6 project. This is the only on-going Generation project at present. During the first nine months of the current year Power Stations of KESC generated 5636758 MWH. Auxiliary consumption during the same period was 6.78%. KESC imported 662334 MWH from KANUPP, PAKSTEEL & WAPDA. The overall efficiency of the plants was 31.90%.

Q. Will you comment on the Transmission and Distribution system of KESC?

A. KESC maintains a transmission system comprising of 220 KV, 132 KV & 66 KV lines. There is a link between KESC and WAPDA through 220 & 132 KV lines. The Transmission system as on 30th June 1992 comprises of 169 KM of 220 KV Overhead, 556 circuit KM of 132 KV Overhead, 6 KM of 132 KV Underground lines. The number of Grid Stations is thirty (30) with a transformation capacity of 1890 MVA. During the current year 5 New Grid Stations have been energized thereby increasing the transformation capacity by 180 MVA. Furthermore in the existing grid stations a capacity of 50 MVA have been added. Karachi is fed through 11 KV Overhead and Underground cables and 400 Volts distribution lines. Total number of Consumers is around 1.2 millions.

Q. What is the Annual Development Plan of KESC?

A. The provisional Amount for the plan for 1993-94 is as follows:-
 (Million in Rs.)

1. Generation 1142
2. Transmission Line 336
3. Grid Stations 2202
4. Distribution System 1500
5. Others 105

TOTAL:- 5285

Q. Have you utilised all the funds allocated in the Seventh Plan?

A. The allocation for the Seventh Five Year Plan and the Actual expenditure for the first four years of the planned period is as follows:-
 (Million in Rs.)

Allocation for Seventh Plan: 13796.82
Total expenditure for first: 14614.52
Four Years

Q. Have you attained the targets of the Seventh Plan?

A. During the current Seventh Five Year Plan KESC has achieved the physical targets by adding 3 unit of 210 MW each at Bin Qasim Power Stations? KESC is not covered under the Annual Development Plan (ADP) of the Government of Pakistan. KESC formulates its own plans accordingly.

Q. Whether your power rates differ from WAPDA's?

A. Power Tariff is uniform throughout the Country depending on the type of Customers that is Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agriculture etc.

Q. How do you acquire Machinery and Equipment for Power Projects?

A. Power Plant machinery/equipment is supplied by leading manufacturers from the developed countries. The Plant is supplied on packaged basis, wherein the complete plant is imported. Manufacturer having Licensing Agreement with local Industries do include locally made equipments in their overall package. KESC has availed the local manufacturing facilities supplied by Heavy Mechanical Complex of Taxila in case of Boiler of Unit No. 3 & 4 of Bin Qasim Power Station.

Q. What is the load growth in KESC?

A. The load growth in KESC Licensed Area is 8 to 10% per annum. In order to meet the anticipated growth, KESC should be provided all the facilities to expand its per cent generating capacity. In fact we need a crash programme to install units of 300 to 350 MW, only then we will be able to cope with the situation of rising demand. KESC should pursue its own generation development programmes independent of private sector projects. This programme can be revised periodically to accommodate the committed private sector projects. The immediate cause of concern for KESC is the delay in the approval of West Wharf Thermal Power Station. We need this project as its commissioning would result in voltage improvement, system stability and decrease in Transmission Losses KESC is the owner of the existing plant and it would not be possible for KESC to vacate its premises. The proposed plant at West Wharf should be given to KESC rather than to any private organization as that would generate legal, operational and coordination problems.
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Title Annotation:Special Section: Power Generation; interview with Karachi Electric Supply Corporation Managing Dir. Mazher Hussain
Publication:Economic Review
Article Type:Interview
Date:Jun 1, 1993
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