USAID organises training on power factor improvement

The USAID’s installations of over 1500 LT capacitors

ISLAMABAD, September 14, 2012: The United States Agency for Inter-national Development (USAID)’s Power Distribution Programme, in collaboration with the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), has started installation of Low Tension (LT) capacitors on tube-wells in various circles of IESCO.

In this regard, training for the engineers of IESCO’s Rawalpindi circle was conducted. More than 40 engineers participated in the training.

Currently the Power Distribution Programme is assisting the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO), Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO), Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and IESCO in the installation of capacitors.

The USAID’s installations of over 1500 LT capacitors in Discos have already resulted in an estimated 5.5 megawatts (MW) reduction in demand, improved voltage and availability of surplus electricity.

The Programme has already trained IESCO’s staff of Chakwal and Taxila circles and installations of capacitors is in advance stage.

The USAID capacitor’s installation project will result in the release of at least 15-20 percent of consumption and saving more electricity for IESCO. This Programme has also identified other circles in IESCO where these capacitors would be installed.

This assistance to Discos is provided as part of the US commitment to support the government of Pakistan in reforming the energy sector and addressing the problems of the Discos.

USAID programmes also support the capacity building of Discos staff and Board of Directors, installations of equipment to improve the power factor, institutional development, gender, communications and outreach and energy efficiency.

Installation of over 7,000 capacitors on tube-wells will reduce the power demand on the system, improve voltage and reduce technical losses of IESCO, said Dick Dumford, Chief Technical adviser of USAID’s Power Distribution Programme.

The USAID Power Distribution Programme shall continue to assist Discos to bring improvements to their systems so the people of Pakistan get more electricity. Our plan is to replicate capacitors’ installation at other Discos, which will further improve the power factor and reduce losses, he added.

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