Pakistan’s Electricity Outlook 2020-25

Department of Electrical Engineering, FAST NU Chiniot-Faisalabad Campus, has arranged a CPD workshop on “Pakistan Electricity Outlook 2020-2025” on March 16, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in Seminar Room. Dr. Fiaz Ahmed Chaudhary will be the resource person of the training workshop. Currently he is working as Director, LUMS Energy Institute, Professor of Practice and Werner-Von Siemens Chair in LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan.

Talk Overview:

Pakistan’s Electricity Outlook 2020-25, reviews the challenges faced by the country’s power sector and also assesses the implications of continuing business as usual. It explores the scope and feasibility of an alternative set of options in order to correct the current course. A decade of crippling spells of load-shedding pushed for a quick-build and arguably excessive capacity additions in the recent past. The power sector now faces a new, and no-less serious, challenge – a period of expensive capacity surplus.

The outlook estimates the capacity surplus will exceed annual average of 15% against projected demand in the country as a result of over-commitment by the generation projects, translating into more than 4,000MW of annual average surplus. The results also reveal that the annual capacity payments will inflate from Rs568 billion in FY19 to Rs1,466 billion in FY25. Consequently, the average generation cost per kilowatt-hour will increase from Rs10.87 in FY19 to Rs12 in FY25, a 10% increase in just six years and 67% rise since FY16.

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Fiaz Ahmed Chaudhary received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA in 1991, M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1988, and B.Sc. in ElectricalEngineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore in 1984.

Currently he is working as Director, LUMS Energy Institute, Professor of Practice and Werner-Von Siemens Chair in LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan. He was former Managing Director, National Transmission & Despatch Company Limited (NTDC), Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Fiaz also served being Manager, Power System Planning and Supervising Engineer, Transmission Planning and Studies in Hatch Ltd in Ontario, Canada. He was Head Engineer, Generation Planning, Systems Planning Department and Senior Engineer, Bulk Transmission Planning, Systems Planning Department in SCECO-East in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He also werved as Deputy Director, Primary Transmission, Planning (Power) and Assistent Director, Thermal (Design and Development) in WAPDA in Lahore, Pakistan.