NTDC to engage consultant for undertaking technical study

The technical study would evaluate and recommend how to properly protect the system and avoid tripping like the one last week which caused power supply disruption in the northern region of the country

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LAHORE: The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) board on Tuesday decided to hire the services of a consultant for the undertaking of a technical study.

The technical study to be undertaken would evaluate and recommend how to properly protect the system and avoid tripping like the one last week which caused power supply disruption in the northern region of the country.

This was decided in an emergency meeting which took place at Wapda house on May 21st of NTDC’s board to investigate the causes behind the power failure and how to move forward.

NTDC’s board voiced its commitment to revitalizing and revamping of the transmission system and directed the management to carry a probe, analyze and ascertain the reasons for the power failure, which would allow to take preventive measures and avert such shutdowns in future.

It voiced worries over the external factors which may cause or worsen such failures.

The board showed worry over the lack of a well-established communication channel between all power distribution companies, generation companies, Central Power Purchasing Agency-Guarantee (CPPA-G) and independent power producers (IPPs) for data sharing and reinstating of the system.

It instructed the NTDC management to take all stakeholders on board to formulate standard operating procedures (SOPs) for handling an emergency in the future.

NTDC board reposed its trust in the management and expressed satisfaction over the speedy completion of grid and transmission projects like Neelum-Jhelum 500kv, wind power transmission schemes and Port Qasim 500kv.

The board also commended the management for hastening the conclusion of delayed projects which had been successfully completed in the last eight months and provided stability to the system’s capacity.

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