USAID: USAID improves power quality monitoring of DISCOs

Islamabad: The U.S Agency for International Development USAID’s Power Distribution Program on Tuesday handed over Power Quality Monitoring PQM devices including power analyzers and GPS receivers to all nine power distribution companies DISCOs of Pakistan.

The USAID has already trained DISCOs staff on the utility of these PQM devices. These Power Analyzers will be used by DISCO engineers to record pre and post Low-tension LT capacitor installation measurements, assess the right size of LT capacitor to be installed at tubewell motor and determine the benefits. Chief Engineer Planning & Engineering along with PQM incharge from every DISCO attended the workshop and handing-over ceremony of PQM equipment.

“Power quality monitoring is an essential service utilities need to perform for better power equipment & network management as one hand these monitoring tools provide information about system disturbances and their possible causes while on the other hand it also help in detecting problem conditions throughout the system before they cause customer complaints, equipment malfunctions, and even equipment damage or failure. Therefore, power quality monitoring is not only an effective customer service strategy, but also a way to protect a utility’s reputation for quality power and service.” said Shafiq Ur Rehman, P&E Lead of Power Distribution Program during the workshop.

The four and half year USAID Power Distribution Program was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 as one of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support Pakistan’s energy system. Through the Power Distribution Program, the US Government provides assistance to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector so as to mitigate the current energy crisis.

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