India looking to sell 500MW electricity to Pakistan

Last Updated: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 21:00

New Delhi: India is looking to sell 500 MW of electricity to Pakistan by establishing a transmission link between the two countries.

"A Group of experts of India and Pakistan met in Islamabad last month to explore the possibility of a 500 MW cross border transmission inter-connection between India and Pakistan for transmission of power that may be sourced by Pakistan from the Indian electricity market on commercial basis," Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Electricity from central and state generating stations supplying power to discoms is not proposed to be diverted to Pakistan, he said.

Mode of transmission is proposed to be transmission interconnection and the duration of transmission of electricity would depend on the contractual arrangement of trade.

The discussions are part of efforts to create a strong electricity grid between India and other SAARC countries such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, according to state-run Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL).

Meanwhile, the feasibility study for an under-sea interconnection between India and Sri Lanka is under finalisation.

Fuel-deficit Pakistan had in March this year removed gasoline or petrol from the list of banned imports from India. It, however, allowed petrol imports only through sea routes.

PTI

First Published: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 21:00
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