Iran and Tajikistan offer to supply power to Pakistan

Sep 28, 2005 02:00 AM

Iran and Tajikistan have offered to substantially help Pakistan in meeting its growing energy requirements in the absence of any decision on big dams.
Initially Iran had promised to export power to various parts of Baluchistan Province. As a first step, Iran is supplying 30 MW of electricity to the coastal areas of the province. The Iranian government had offered to provide an additional 20-MW to meet the requirements of Gwadar area, for which negotiations are expected to conclude soon.

The Islamic Republic is to supply electricity to Baluchistan's areas, where it is not feasible for the State-owned Water and Power Development Authority to provide power. These are located close to Pakistan-Iran border.
The Pakistan government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tajikistan to explore the feasibility of importing electricity from that country, which has sizeable surplus, currently being supplied to other states, including Russia. The Tajikistan energy minister will visit Pakistanpossibly in November to finalize modalities for the power export to Pakistan.

Pakistan will face up to 5,000 MW power shortage in three years and has yet to announce the much-awaited decision to build two big reservoir dams. The government wants a consensus decision on Kalabagh Dam and Bhasha Dam. Feasibility report of the former is ready while the latter's being finalized.
Kalabagh Dam proposal, floated in mid-50s could so far not be translated into reality because of lack of consensus among the four federating units. The dam, if built, will have over 6 mm-acre water storage capacity.

The dam will not only meet irrigation needs but also be instrumental in production of electricity.
The World Bank has offered to support Pakistan in the construction of big reservoir dams and warned the country could face severe water shortage in next few years.

Source: PIN/IRNA
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