PSR provides training on its optimal long and short-term dispatch optimization tools to different Pakistani official organizations

Course – 01.04.2019

On March, a one-week training on PSR's optimal long-term (SDDP) and short-term (NCP) production costing tools took place in Islamabad, Pakistan. This training aimed at preparing Pakistani engineers for planning the long-term expansion and evolution of the system, as well as on applying NCP for the day-ahead dispatch optimization. The training had the attendance of 22 Pakistani engineers from different official organizations, including the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), National Power Construction Corporation (NPCC) and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), as well as the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). This training focused on consolidating the knowledge of the teams on the software provided by PSR and on refining the modeling details for the best system representation for the long and short-term operation planning, paving the road for the complete implementation of PSR's state of the art optimization models in Pakistan. The training’s ending ceremony had the participation of the country’s Federal Minister for Power, Mr. Omar Ayub Khan. The implementation of PSR tools for dispatch planning in the country is especially important since Pakistan took the decision to open the market in 2020 and is currently working towards the new Market Model. In this case, the Market Operator is facilitating the power market transition from the current single-buyer scheme to a competitive market. The strategy for this change in the market model is to bring efficiency through competition in generation, while transmission and distribution businesses remain regulated as natural monopolies. PSR is very excited for this opportunity of partnering with the involved Pakistani institutions in this important transition phase of the Pakistani Electrical Sector.