The Asian Development Bank project “will help strengthen the stability of the national grid by increasing its transmission capacity”
- Project aimed at expanding the high voltage transmission network
- Lender regional aid to reduce transmission losses.
- Key objective to improve the management of the transport system.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $250 million loan for Pakistan to strengthen the electricity transmission system in the country that continues to face power shortages.
The assistance “will help provide reliable electricity to Pakistan by expanding and improving the electricity transmission network in the country’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces,” an official statement issued by ADB said.
“The ADB Power Transmission Enhancement Project will help strengthen the stability of the national grid by increasing its capacity,” he added.
The regional lender’s project aims to expand the high-voltage transmission network to close loops of 500 kilovolt (kV) and 220 kV transmission lines and reduce transmission losses in the city of Lahore in Punjab by replacing old transmission lines.
“Reliable power supply is essential for sustainable and inclusive economic growth and will also provide economic opportunities to rural communities,” said ADB Director-General for Central and West Asia Yevgeniy Zhukov.
“We are pleased to continue to support Pakistan in its efforts to achieve energy security while improving energy efficiency,” he added.
The project will also complement ADB’s ongoing support to the National Transmission & Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) to ensure energy security, climate resilience and increased transmission capacity to develop adequate, reliable, clean and cost-effective energy.
Another key objective of the project is to improve the management of the country’s national transport system.
In addition to strengthening electricity transmission, ADB’s project will also strengthen NTDC’s work and financial management, as well as its ability to integrate climate resilience into planning and operations.
“To promote gender equality and women’s participation in the energy sector, ADB will develop guidance guidelines, conduct awareness campaigns, establish childcare centers and provide technical training to women staff at NTDC,” said ADB Senior Energy Specialist Takhmina Mukhamedova.
“This project also includes livelihood skills development for women in the project areas to improve their economic opportunities and training for local communities to enable them to respond to climate-induced natural hazards.”
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