Executive Vice President of KEMA Lab Mr Jacob Pieter Fonteijne, who hailed from Holland on the invitation of NTDC, visited HV&SC Laboratory Rawat, Islamabad today and
had briefings with Managing Director NTDC Dr Fiaz Chaudhry alongwith General Managers of various formations of NTDC.
Mr Jacob said that KEMA is accredited Lab for testing and certification of equipment for transmission and distribution of electricity and intends to provide technical
assistance, up-gradation of HV & SC Lab and capacity building / training of manpower, which will be helpful in making NTDC`s transmission system more reliable.
During the briefing MD NTDC Dr Fiaz Chaudhry said that NTDC is availing all opportunities for strengthening its transmission network with an aim to meet the increasing
demand of electricity. He said that there is 26000 MW indentified hydropower potential in northern areas of Pakistan and NTDC is expanding its system with 765 AC and ï¿½ 660 kV
in the south DC transmission lines and converter stations accordingly. The technical prowess and cooperation extended by KEMA Lab will be an advantage for said projects.
HV&SC Lab NTDC is the only ISO 9001:2008 Certified lab of Pakistan where testing and certification of electrical power equipment including high power transformers, Oil
Testing and Meter Testing Units is being carried out.
Mr Kashif Rehman Director Business Development KEMA Lab and large number of NTDC officers were also present on the occasion.
NTDC HEADQUARTERS, WAPDA HOUSE, LAHORE, 11 Aug 2016: Apropos to the news item titled 'System incapable of taking full IPPs generation: NEPRA'published in Daily Dawn on 6 Aug 2016 sans NTDC version, based on previous year of NEPRA`s "State of Industry Report 2015" NTDC would like to share its response comprising of latest updates of Construction, Augmentation and Evacuation of power through its transmission network.
The spokesman said that after the energization of 500 kV Shikarpur grid station, constraints of power evacuation from the power houses feeding 500 kV Guddu and Shikarpur have been resolved, whereas the workload of 500 kV Guddu grid station has also been reduced to 36 percent.
Presently, there are no constraints relating to evacuation of power from Uch Power plant-II which is being evacuated through two alternate circuits. However, construction work of 220 kV Transmission Line from Uch to Sibbi is being completed on war footing and will be commissioned in Dec 2016.
As far as the overloading of transformers is concerned, the spokesman said that presently there are 14 grid stations of 500 kV (including Shikarpur grid station energized this year) and 35 grid stations of 220 kV instead of 33 grid stations as mentioned in the news story. From these Transformers, only 5 transformers are those on which maximum load was recorded over 80 percent for very short interval during peak hours in summer seasons and in some cases during fault under the contingency condition.
Whereas, presently out of total 130 of 220 / 132 kV transformers, 90 transformers as mentioned in the report are those on which the maximum recorded load is above 70 percent during peak hours which is not an alarming condition. However, the PC-I of the above transformers for addition/augmentation from 160 MVA to 250 MVA transformers has already been submitted and is under process in Ministry of Water and Power to meet the future load demand.
The spokesman further said that the constraints regarding Evacuation of Power from Engro Power Generation have been removed as 220 kV Double Circuit & 500 kV D/C Transmission Lines besides Shikarpur Grid Station have been commissioned. 180 MW Foundation Power Dispersal through NTDC System, initially the interim arrangement for Dispersal of Power from Fauji Foundation was provided through 132 kV Grid Station Sadiqabad. Later on, Fauji Foundation and Engro CCPP were connected to 220kV Rohri New Grid Station and associated Transmission Lines.
Moreover, the 132 kV Transmission Line Sadiqabad feeding 132kV Sadiqabad Grid Station (under MEPCO) remains connected through 220 / 132kV temporary Grid Station Dharki for dispersal of additional power supply from these power houses. As far as tripping on 132kV Transmission Line between Guddu and Sadiqabad is concerned, this system pertains to MEPCO.
The spokesman further explained that the issue of Generation from Altern Energy complex is integrated through 66 kV and 132 kV transmission lines relates to IESCO not NTDC. Whereas the generation of 235 MW Liberty Power is integrated into national grid through 132 KV lines of Sukkur Electric Supply Company (SEPCO) which needs to be improved by concerned DISCO to avoid trippings. Furthermore, it is not true that the Habibullah Coastal plant is not being used optimally due to low voltage on the power system, however, during winter season power generation from said plant is subject to the provision of gas by SSGC.
The problems of LESCO related issues, mentioned in the news story, will be resolved after construction of 220 kV Ghazi Grid Station and 500 kV Lahore South Grid Station which are likely to be commissioned by June, 2017 and March, 2017 respectively.
It is pertinent to note that the maximum generation recorded is 17,430 MW on 19 June 2016 which was evacuated through NTDC network. NTDC is installing 3rd 160 MVA transformer at 220 kV T.T Singh, Faisalabad and will reduce the load to 65 percent. 220 kV Nishatabad grid station has been allocated 4th 160 MVA transformer which will also provide relief to 220 kV Samundri Road Grid Station. Over loading at 500 kV grid station Yousafwala is only enhanced once the generation of Saif Power House (IPP) is recorded NIL. However, the 220 kV Sangjani grid station Islamabad has also been allocated with 4th 160 MVA transformer which will further reduce the over loading.
However, after the Augmentation / Installation of transformers at various grid stations whose installed capacity is 9909 MVA will be enhanced to 14395 MVA by adding 4486 MVA as per PC-I which is under process and will provide relief to the over loading issue in other grid stations of NTDC.
HBL - NTDC arranged Rs 10.4 billion term loan facility for Port Qasim -Matiari Transmission Line Project
NTDC HEADQUARTERS, WAPDA HOUSE, LAHORE, 10 Aug 2016: National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) and Habib Bank Limited (HBL) has signed a term sheet for financing of Rs 10.4 billion for construction of 500 kV Double Circuit Transmission Line from Port Qasim to Matiari for evacuation of 1320 MW power from under construction coal fired power plant at Bin Qasim, Karachi. MD NTDC Dr Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry and GM Corporate Banking HBL Mr Saulat Ali Khansigned the term sheet during a ceremony held at WAPDA House, Lahore, today.
Transmission Line project with the PC-1 Cost worth Rs 12,979 million will be completed in two phases. In phase-I, 45 KM long 500 kV double circuit transmission line will be constructed from Port Qasim Coal fired Power Plant to HUB-Jamshoro Transmission Line circuit-I. Whereas in phase-II ,135 KM long transmission line will be constructed from interconnection Hub-Jamshoro to Matiar. Both the phases are likely to be completed in March 2017 and Sep 2017 respectively, as part of government`s efforts to mitigate load shedding from the country. Hence, 1320 MW power by coal fired power plants will be added to the national grid.
Finance Director NTDC Mr Hammad Ahmad and Dy GM Corporate Banking HBL Mehrukh Burki alongwith other official of NTDC were also present on the occasion.
NTDC Expedites Work on Neelum Jhelum Transmission Line
NTDC HEADQUARTERS, WAPDA HOUSE, LAHORE, 31 July 2016: National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) has expedited construction work of 145 kilometer long 500 kV Neelum Jhelum Double Circuit Transmission Line for evacuation of 969 MW power from Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Plant. This transmission line project is of National Importance for the Government of Pakistan, being constructed on very difficult and mountainous terrains of AJK, which would be completed prior to commissioning of the Neelum Jhehlum Hydropower Plant.
MD NTDC Dr Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry and GM GSC Mr Wajahat Saeed Rana visited various sites near Muzaffarabad, AJK to review the construction work of the aforementioned transmission line. PD EHV Mr Manzoor Ahmad briefed the Management that the transmission line wok is divided into three Lots i.e. LOT-1, LOT-2 & Lot-3 and overall 68 percent work has already been completed. Major construction activities includes Right of way clearance, Foundations, Erections and Stringing of Towers as per the prescribed design. He further pointed out that right of way issues are seriously impacting the construction work. Consequently, MD NTDC held meetings with local administration, Assistant Commissioner, SHO, Tehsildar and local representative of Minhasa, Dheerkot District Bagh to resolve such issues on urgent basis. Assistant commissioner assured the NTDC management to provide his full cooperation for this vital project for the nation. As a result, the construction work on tower No 37 of Lot-1 resumed, which remained held up for almost a week. He also visited the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Plant.
MD NTDC and his team also met the contractor and consultant Engineers and instructed them to boost up the construction work on war footing and asked them to submit progress reports on daily, weekly and monthly basis. He advised his team to monitor the construction progress regularly, He further said that NTDC is committed to complete its transmission project on time as required by the Ministry of Water and Power. This is to support government`s efforts to eliminate load shedding from the country.
Further meeting of all stakeholders of the project is scheduled at NTDC HQ on Monday 1st August 2016 to review ongoing situation of the Neelum Jhelum Transmission Line.
234 Students complete internship at NTDC
MD NTDC urges young engineers to excel and serve the nation
NTDCL HEADQUARTERS, WAPDA HOUSE, LAHORE, 29 June 2016: 234 students of 30 universities of Pakistan have completed their internship programme successfully at National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) started 6 weeks earlier as an initiative of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). A certificate and stipend distribution ceremony was held here at WAPDA House, today.
Chief guest of the ceremony, MD NTDC Dr Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry congratulated the students on successful completion of internship programme and said that their parents and teachers equally deserve congratulations since they have invested time and money on them. He said country is facing lot of challenges including power outages, owing to increasing demand of electricity.
Dr Chaudhry urges the students and said that, follow the pursuit of excellence and always go for the better and best, take the life as challenge and serve the nation by meeting the changing technology trends in power sector. He asked them to payback the country by utilizing best of their abilities, which can only be done through self accountability of every second they spend.
He also shared his expertise and experiences while working abroad in various power sector projects in multinational companies and said that it was his dream to serve and payback to Pakistan.
NTDC`s internship programme is one of the biggest programme where students from Engineering, Accounts & Finance, Information Technology and Human Resource disciplines learn and flourish their technical and managerial skills from its experienced manpower of versatile departments. A written exam of internees was conducted, wherein Mr Burhan Ahmad of UET, Miss Tayyaba of LCWU, Miss Subata Khrushid of Kinnaird College, and Mr Umar Sajjad of University of Sargodha stood first in their disciplines respectively.
Later, MD NTDC Dr Fiaz A Chaudhry gave away the certificates alongwith stipend to the internees. General Managers, Chief Engineers, Finance Director, DG HR & Admn, Directors and officials of NTDC were also present on the occasion.
NTDC Energizes 500 kV New Gakhar ï¿½ Lahore Transmission Line
NTDC HEADQUARTERS, WAPDA HOUSE, LAHORE, 28 July 2016: NTDC has energized 500 kV New Gakhar - Lahore Circuit-II transmission line at 1436 hours today after rehabilitation of 8 collapsed towers alongwith installation of Optical Fiber Ground Wire (OPGW). Tower No 37 to 44 were damaged due to heavy rains and storms on night 5-6 July 2016 about 90 kilometers away from Lahore near Hafizabad.
NTDC Engineers started the rehabilitation work of damaged pylons on Chand Raat (5th July 2016) and completed the task of Assembling, Erecting, Stringing and Energizing of 500 kV transmission line in 23 days. Which was an uphill task for NTDC staff and its engineers who worked day and night on war footing to complete it in minimum possible time in extreme weather conditions of scorching heat and humidity in slushy and mudslinging rice fields.
While working on stringing and erection of towers with cranes and tractors made the approach difficult due to heavy moon soon rains in wet fields.
MD NTDC Dr. Fiaz A Chaudhry has appreciated the pace of work and timely completion of damaged towers by NTDC officials, which will ultimately help in minimizing load shedding for consumers of LESCO, GEPCO and FESCO.
MD NTDC INSTRUCTS ENGINEERS FOR EARLY COMPLETION OF DAMAGED TOWERS OF 500 kV NEW GAKHAR- LAHORE TRANSMISSION LINE
NTDC HEADQUARTERS, WAPDA HOUSE, LAHORE, 22 July 2016: Managing Director National Transmission and Desptach Company Limited (NTDC) Dr Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry has directed NTDC engineers to complete the rehabilitation work of eight damaged towers of 500 kV Gakhar-Lahore transmission line within shortest possible time. He passed the directions during his visit of ongoing rehabilitation work at the site. Eight towers of said transmission line were destroyed in first week of this month due to torrential rains and heavy wind storm near Hafizabad about 90 kilometers from Lahore. However, the electricity supply was provided to affected areas through alternate sources.
Dr. Fiaz A Chaudhry was apprised, that after the incident the teams were mobilized immediately and rehabilitation work was started on war footing from Eid day while setting aside the difficulties due to standing water in rice fields, scorching heat and humid weather.
MD NTDC appreciated the pace of work and commitment shown by the NTDC engineers and supporting staff including contractors (M/s MECON and M/s Saifullah) and directed for early completion, so that the sufferings of LESCO, GEPCO and FESCO consumers could be eased. He asked the GM GSO Mr Sabaz Ali to compensate the affected farmers whose crops are damaged due to rehabilitation work. CE GSO Islamabad, SE 500 kV Rawat, Xen Transmission Line and other NTDC officials were also present at the site of damaged pylons.