PM’s China visit bears fruit

  • Chinese experts to help NTDCL with power crisis

A five member delegation of China Southern Power Grid Company Limited (CSG) under supervision of Wang Jiuling visited National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL) on Tuesday.

The delegation met with NTDCL Managing Director (MD) Muhammad Zia-ur-Rehman at WAPDA House.

Zia-ur-Rehman welcomed the Chinese delegation and gave a detailed briefing of NTDC operations, on-going projects and future expansion plan.

He said that NTDC would like to benefit from technical expertise of CSG in terms of network optimisation, introduction to new technologies, improvement in algorithms of control system and capacity building of engineers and technicians.

The MD proposed that in addition to training sessions, engineers of two companies should work together on projects, control systems and operation and maintenance (O&M) assignments.

It should be mentioned that the Chinese company’s visit is a follow up Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s visit to China in July this year. The PM had asked China to send their power sector experts to share their technical and professional expertise with Pakistani engineers.

Wang Jiuling CSG Vice President thanked NTDC MD for his hospitality and said that CSG is transmitting and distributing electricity in five provinces of China since 2002.

He explained that CSG’s capacity in 2013 has risen to 263,000 MW. CSG is a young company but has met demand of 230 million people spread over one million square kilometres. The demand in CSG is rising at 8 percent yearly.

Jiuling agreed to the Zia-ur-Rehman’s proposal to assist NTDC in achieving its objectives that are difficult as well as complex. He proposed to hold further meetings to start work towards achieving these goals.

Later the Chinese delegation visited Technical Services Group (TSG) NTDCL.

The delegation also met WAPDA Secretary Khalid Akhlaq Gilani who briefed the delegation about WAPDA’s ongoing hydro power projects.