STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is embarking on an ambitious plan to enhance the power generation in the country from the existing 22,570 MW to 42,467 MW by 2018.
“880 MW including 400 MW solar would be added to the national grid in 2015, 1590 MW (600 solar, 340 MW Nuclear and 650 MW wind) in 2016, 5,985 MW (Coal 1320 MW, Hydel 3805 MW, Nuclear 340 MW and 520 MW wind) in 2017 and 11,442 MW (11,220 MW coal and 222 MW hydel) in 2018.
The government since its inception completed delayed projects of 2,100MW, which were added to the national grid. Many power projects are near completion and the government would be able to add 13,000 MW to the national grid by 2017.
The sources said that the new energy policy 2013 also envisages increasing power generation from 12,200 MW to 26,800 MW.
The sources said that currently, the share of hydel power in the total energy mix is hardly 30% and the energy policy aims to boost its share to 70 per cent by building both large and small dams a and carrying out some other initiatives to increase generation from 23,000 MW to 34,824MW. Coal-fired, run-of-the-river and biomass power projects were launched on a priority basis to improve the energy mix, they said.
They said that work has been expedited to import 1,100MW from Iran and 1,000 MW from Central Asian states to bridge the electricity shortfall.