Lahore, September 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): German Parliamentary State Secretary Mr Thomas Silberhorn, Ambassador to Pakistan Ms Ina Lepel and Acting Managing Director NTDCL Mr Wajahat Saeed Rana laid down the foundation stone of 220 kV Ghazi grid station here at Lahore today.
Addressing the ceremony Mr Thomas Silberhorn said that bilateral development cooperation between Pakistan and Germany commenced as early as 1961. Pakistan was the first country to avail economic assistance for energy sector from Germany. The two sides celebrated the 50th anniversary of development cooperation in 2011. Germany is providing financial assistance in power sector through KfW alongwith technical knowledge, assistance to Pakistan.
He said that KfW development bank has a long term relationship with NTDCL and 220 kV Ghazi grid station is another mile stone and good example of mutual cooperation between the two countries, which is the result of trust among each other, hence, many people of Lahore will be benefited from this project. He said that German-Pak Renewable Energy Forum will be established and Pakistan will host it in December this year. He said that Pakistan is a key partner and Germany will enhance its cooperation investment in energy sector to help Pakistan in mitigating load shedding.
Acting Managing Director NTDCL Mr Wajahat Saeed Rana also spoke on the occasion and said that construction of 220 kV grid station was direly needed to meet the increasing demand of electricity of the areas especially southern Lahore. This project will be completed in October 2016 with the cost of over Rs 2 billion. The overloaded system will be eased especially of Kotlakhpat, Ravi and Bund Road grid stations.
Voltage profile will be improved alongwith reduction in transmission losses and forced load shedding. The Domestic, Commercial and Industrial consumers of LESCO will be the main beneficiaries, which will result in opening up more employment opportunities and socio-economic growth. He thanked the German delegation and sought more cooperation and investment in power sector for elimination of acute energy crisis being faced by Pakistan.
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