Electricity production jumped 16.2% in March on an annual basis


Electricity production in the country increased by 16.2% on an annual basis (YoY) to reach 10,418 GWh in March 2022, compared to 8,965 GWh in March 2021.

According to monthly power generation data released by the National Electric Power Authority (NEPRA) on Wednesday, in the nine months of the current fiscal year, power generation was up 10 percent year-on-year to 101 699 GWh against 92,371 GWh recorded during the corresponding period last year. fiscal year.

In terms of source during the month of March 2022, RLNG, nuclear, FO, and wind power generation increased by 4%, 66%, 4.7x, and 58% annually, respectively. Moreover, bagasse, solar energy and electricity imported from Iran also increased by 19%, 3.6% and 10.5% year-on-year, respectively. On the other hand, coal, hydel, gas and mixed generation decreased by 5.4%, 2.1%, 4.2% and 36.7% year-on-year, respectively.

In terms of sharing, coal power generation contributed the most in March 2022 as it accounted for 25% (2586 GWh) of total electricity with a fuel cost of Rs 12.4/KWh. This was followed by the RLNG, as around 18.9 pc (1,965 GWh) of electricity was generated by RLNG-based power stations with a fuel cost of Rs 14.37/kWh.

With a share of 16.35 pc, hydel’s electricity generation was about 1,704 GWh without fuel cost, while nuclear provided 15 pc (1,563 GWh) of electricity at a price of 1 Rs.03/KWh. Meanwhile, the output from RFO based power plants was around 1.106 GWh (10.6% of total output) at the highest fuel cost of Rs22.5/KWh.

Gas-based power provided about 9.5pc or 993 GWh of electricity at a price of Rs 7.75/kWh, while the contribution of 2.57pc or 268 GWh came from wind power without fuel cost. Bagasse and solar power respectively contributed about 1pc (107 GWh) and 0.66pc (69 GWh) of electricity during the month at a price of Rs6/KWh and Rs0/KWh respectively.

Meanwhile, electricity imported from Iran contributed about 43 GWh (0.41 pc) to the total electricity generation at a price of Rs 17.35/KWh.

Meanwhile, the K-3 unit at Pakistan’s Karachi nuclear power plant – the second foreign nuclear unit to use China’s third-generation Hualong One nuclear reactor technology – has been commissioned, its operator China National said. Nuclear Corp (CNNC).

Marking the completion of China’s Hualong One project in the overseas market, the plant’s operation has further boosted Hualong One’s confidence in countries and regions participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, the report said. China Daily.

Commissioned in May, the K-2 unit is the first foreign nuclear power plant to use Hualong One. Each Hualong One unit generates approximately 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year, meeting the annual electricity needs of more than 4 million homes in Pakistan. This is equivalent to reducing standard coal consumption by 3.12 million metric tons, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 8.16 million tons, or planting more than 70 million trees, the company said.

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