Pipelines, Storage & Power

Pakistan needs new power capacity

Power shortages are blighting Pakistan. Ambitious government plans to improve output have been hit by delays in bringing new capacity online Power shortages are blighting Pakistan. Ambitious government plans to improve output have been hit by delays in bringing new capacity online.
By Catriona Scott 9 May 2018 0 30770
Main dam body - Neelum Jhelum Hydropower plant, Pakistan. Pakistan has commissioned the 969 MW Neelum Jhelum hydropower plant, which started up in mid-April. (Wikicommons)

Pakistan has seen a reduction in power outages in the last few years, but recent shortages have been exacerbated by delays in bringing new gas-fired generation capacity online. With elections scheduled for the middle of the year, the government is working to improve the power supply situation – which was one of its campaign promises before it took office.

Pakistan had around 27 GW of installed generation capacity by the middle of last year, and this figure is expected to rise to 34 GW by June...