Gift from American People – National Power Control Center empowered on Load Management

Islamabad, July 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the National Power Control Center (NPCC) is being provided near real time information on actual loads for government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) which will assist NPCC to avoid the need for unscheduled load shedding all over the country. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Program today successfully made operational the Load Data Improvement (LDI) project load information display at NPCC in efforts to assist in minimizing unscheduled load shedding.

The USAID Power Distribution Program has already established Power Distribution Centers (PDCs) for DISCOs where monitoring screens presenting continuous actual live load data from the DISCOs’ grid stations and feeders, provide DISCOs’ PDC operators to, for the first time, view an immediate display of near real time actual load and load shedding status of each DISCO system. This information will enable DISCOs and NPCC to monitor DISCO load shedding to stay within its allocation and avoid the need for unscheduled load shedding by NPCC.

Currently, Pakistan is in a serious power crisis which is gravely affecting its economy and having a detrimental impact on various segments of society. With each passing day, the country is plunging deeper and deeper into the crisis – already, the electricity shortfall has hit record levels. This situation has resulted in the citizens of Pakistan bearing the burden of heavy daily load shedding of 12 to 16 hours, with the expectation that it might increase in the future.

In view of the high power shortfall currently prevailing, DISCOs have lacked the capacity to manage planned load shedding, mainly due to the lack of near real-time information to enable monitoring of unpredictable loading using below-par communications systems, manual implementation and ineffective monitoring systems due to the non-availability of information regarding real-time loading conditions.

To mitigate load shedding, in particular unplanned load shedding, the USAID Power Distribution Program’s Load Data Improvement program is installing Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) devices at all incoming and outgoing feeders of the grid stations in all nine DISCOs across Pakistan to provide operators immediate information on total load data compliance with national allocations and visibility of individual DISCO feeder load shedding performance, in order to insure compliance with planned load shedding targets and avoid the need for unscheduled load shedding.

AMR devices are being installed on a fast-track basis in all DISCOs including FESCO, GEPCO, HESCO, IESCO, LESCO, MEPCO, PESCO, QESCO and SEPCO. The project also includes upgrading each DISCO’s PDC with live data being acquired from all of grid stations and feeders.

“This data will help the NPCC operators to continuously know the near real-time load of its power distribution system, and will consequently enable the monitoring of actual loads to implement optimum load management and best utilization of available power by each DISCO,” said Dick Dumford, Senior Advisor Engineering of USAID Power Distribution Program said.

“When implemented at every DISCO, this project will give comfort to consumers through the reduction in unscheduled load shedding and adherence to planned load shedding, leading to increased production and a reduction in the amount of lost power production in the country,” Mr. Dumford added.

For more information, Contact:
Zia Ur Rehman
Communications Manager
USAID Power Distribution Program
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 2270911-916 Ext (106)
Fax: +92 51 8312997
Mobile: +92-334 513 0 950

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