Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan inaugurated 220 kV grid station Lalian and 500 kV grid station Faisalabad West in districts Chiniot and Faisalabad respectively on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, the federal minister said that the reliability of the power transmission network is equally important to provide an uninterrupted power supply to consumers with an improved voltage profile.
“The present government is fully cognisant of the difficulties of consumers and their issues, like low voltage and forced load shedding, which are being resolved through the addition of grid stations and transmission lines,” said Dastagir.
“A 500 kV Faisalabad West grid station and the 220 kV Lalian grid station have been completed at the cost of Rs16.9 billion and Rs4 billion respectively,” he said, adding that “The projects will help evacuate power from two LNG power projects with a cumulative capacity of 2400 MW.”
Addressing the ceremony, National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) Managing Director, Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan said that the projects will strengthen the transmission network of NTDC in the region, which in turn will provide relief to the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO).
After completion, the project will help tackle the increasing demand for electricity from domestic, industrial, commercial and agri-consumers of FESCO.
FESCO CEO Bashir Ahmad said, “Both projects have provided relief to FESCO’s distribution system and its consumers.”