Loadshedding: USAID upgrades HESCO infrastructure

The new system will provide management with real time information.

APP July 19, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Program has successfully completed its Load Data Improvement (LDI) program at Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco) to assist in minimising unscheduled load shedding. USAID set up a Power Distribution Centre (PDC) at Hesco which contains monitoring screens which display continuous actual load data from the 70 Hesco grid stations and 379 Hesco feeders, thus providing Hesco PDC operators for the first time an immediate display of near real time actual load and feeder load shedding status of Hesco’s system. This information will enable Hesco to monitor its planned load shedding to stay within allocated limits and avoid the need for unscheduled load shedding. This is part of a USAID funded programme to upgrade all government owned power providers in Pakistan to allow them to better manage load-shedding. The new system will provide management with real time information.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2013.

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