Sindh has become the first province of the nation to have its own grid company after the Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company (STDC) was given the permission to act as a grid company from the federal authorities, as per the reports of local media.
The announcement was made by Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh—the provincial Energy Minister who mentioned in a statement that the STDC was permitted to act as a grid after it fulfils its operational requirements set by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority—NEPRA.
He also said that STDC was given the license of acting as a grid after its current operational 132KV transmission line has indicated the outclass performance in the first year of its operations.
The NEPRA has allowed a cumulative yearly wheeling outage allowance of 131.4 hours whereas STDC has just made use of 61 hours that is just 46percent of the permitted limit which indicates the efficient performance of the transmission line.
The STDC would be working under two types of business models with first using the grid network of the National Transmission and Despatch Company—NTDC whereas, in the other, it would be transmitting the bulk power from business to business in the province.
The Sindh Minister was definite that the approval would help in resolving the long-awaited energy evacuation issues in the nation.