New technology reduces transmission losses by 20pc

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LAHORE  NEW technology being employed in regional countries has yielded 20 percent reduction in power transmission losses, said experts on Monday.


Speaking at a technical lecture series under the aegis of the Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP), Lahore, Sadaki Momoto, General Manager of Over Head Transmission, said that Japan had made low electrical power loss conductor which would be helpful in reducing transmission losses up to 20 percent as compared to the conventional conductors.


Momoto said that India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia were already using this technology and this technology would also be beneficial for Pakistan in overcoming the line losses. He said that Japanese experts were ready to help Pakistan in adopting this technology. He also said that this technology needed no special accessories and tools for low electrical power loss conductor.


General Secretary IEP Lahore Chapter Engineer Ameer Zameer Ahmad Khan said that Pakistan was facing a challenge of energy crisis. He said we were also facing the problems of power theft and line losses. He said it was difficult to adopt this technology in the infrastructure of already established network of transmission lines. However, he said that when we would establish a new network of transmission lines of 220 KV and 500 KV we could use this technology.


Zameer suggested that the government should involve the IEP and Pakistan Engineering Congress (PEC) in the consultation process for overcoming energy crisis. Zameer said the Punjab had the capacity of producing 600 MW from hydel power but it would at least take three to four years to produce electricity by setting up hydel power plants on the banks of canals.


capacity building: A two-day training course on “Trade in Agriculture” started at a local hotel on Monday.


The training course is jointly conducted by International Trade Centre (ITC) and Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) in collaboration with the provincial Agriculture Department and Industries, Commerce and Investment Department with the technical assistance from the Switzerland based World Trade Institute (WTI) under the EU-funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme.


The training is delivered by master trainer from the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Nauman Aslam who is supported by his mentor Dr. Christian Haberlie from the WTI through video conference. Dr. Ali Qazilbash from TRTA II programme and an expert from the National Animal Plant Health and Inspection Services (NAPHIS) will also deliver lectures on the SPS controls and the draft law on food safety developed under the TRTA II programme.


The purpose of the training course is to build the capacity of the officers working in various ministries and government departments regarding the importance of Trade in Agriculture. The training will focus on the domestic conditions affecting agriculture productivity, impact of liberalisation on international trade in agriculture and food security.


Particular attention will be given to investment related issues and multilateral negotiations in agriculture. The training will give an opportunity to the participants to identify the areas where they can contribute to the domestic regulatory reforms as well as bilateral and multilateral negotiations in the agriculture sector.


Sajid Hussain, Director General PITAD, stressed the need for developing expertise on trade in agriculture to benefit from the vast opportunities presented by multilateral trading system. He emphasised the need to develop the capacity of policymakers and private sector in the supply chain to overcome the effects of subsidies provided by the developed countries.


Mohammad Owais Khan, Programme Officer, International Trade Centre, introduced the EU funded TRTA II programme and highlighted the assistance provided by the ITC to local training and research organisations to build their institutional capacity.


He flagged the MOU facilitated by the ITC between the PITAD and the World Trade Institute which had contributed immensely to the capacity building of Pakistani policymakers. He vowed that the ITC would continue to provide technical assistance to Pakistani institutes to enable them to benefit from the international trade.


More than sixty government officers, including officers from Research, Agriculture Information, Field, Pest Warning and Extension Wings of Agriculture Departments, researchers from federal government ministries, implementing agencies, provincial departments and research organizations, are participating in training to strengthen their capacity regarding domestic agricultural productivity and issues related to negotiations and international trade.

Courtesy:   The News

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