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Energy crisis: US trains Pakistani engineers in load-management

The United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Program organised a two-day workshop on ‘Developing Proposals for the Outage Reduction Devices (ORD) Program’, for planning engineers of Pakistan’s seven government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs).

The focus of the workshop was on the different aspects of developing proposals for the proper utilisation of the ORDs through the application of planning tools provided to all nine DISCOs, said a press release issued here on Monday.

The reliability of the electric distribution system is critically important for both utilities and customers. Due to the lack of sectionalising devices in distribution systems, consumers not in the vicinity of the area of the fault are also affected during outages.

USAID is providing DISCOs with quality outage reduction devices. On-load and off-load gang operated and disconnect switches have been procured and will be installed so that faulted line sections can be isolated to reduce the outage time for unaffected consumers and improve customer service.

Seven sub-divisions from seven DISCOs have been selected for distribution system area planning and installation of the ORDs. Planning engineers have been trained to use the power system analysis software SynerGEE for system planning and analysis.

They will run load flow studies of the selected distribution system and will generate proposals for the installation of new devices to improve system reliability and efficiency.

The analysis and location selections will be completed by the end of September 2013. It is anticipated that the DISCOs will accomplish the installation by year end 2013.

The five-year USAID Power Distribution Program was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 as one of the United States’ efforts to support the government of Pakistan in reforming the power sector to mitigate the current energy crisis. The programme is helping DISCOs improve their commercial performance and customer services.

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