US improves IESCO ability to cut power outages

STAFF REPORTS ISB: USAID and Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) have inaugurated the Power Distribution Control Center (PDCC) at the IESCO headquarters, Islamabad, in order to mark a milestone in US support of Pakistans energy sector.

According to details, the PDCC, built with assistance from USAID, enables IESCO to monitor the flow of power in real time, allowing technicians to reduce unplanned load-shedding in the region.

“This control center is enabling IESCO to monitor the electrical power flow throughout the region by interpreting and displaying data from more than 1,000 meters installed throughout each of their 79 grid stations,” said Nancy Estes, Acting Mission Director for USAID.

She said that this system provides accurate information to both IESCO and the National Power Control Center to so that they can compare actual loads against established targets in real time.

The US and Pakistan are working together to help the latter meet the growing energy demands and implement the necessary reforms to improve efficiency of the energy sector to accelerate economic growth.

As part of the assistance program, USAID has funded renovations at Tarbela, Jamshoro, Mangla, Guddu, and Muzaffargarh power plants, aided the completion of Gomal Zam and Satpara dams, and helped improve power distribution throughout Pakistan.

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