Pakistan's new hydro plant uses IBM smart infrastructure solution

Sun, 2013-05-12 10:28 -- Liz Enbysk

As population in Pakistan increases the demand for electricity is growing rapidly – by some reports the country's energy consumption has spiked by almost 80% in the last 15 years. And Pakistan is not alone; according to the World Energy Outlook 2012, global electricity demand expected to grow more than 70 percent by 2035..So for countries like Pakistan, developing new sources of clean energy -- hydropower in the story below, but other renewables as well – will be critical. As the story outlines, smarter infrastructure software can help operators wring as much efficiency as possible out of these all-important new power sources.

Currently the total power generation in Pakistan is 23,538 megawatts (MW). The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority estimates electricity demand will jump to roughly 40,000 MW as soon as 2020. So Pakistan's massive new $235 million, 84 MW New Bong Hydroelectric Power Complex is a welcome addition.

IBM partnered with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) Remaco, which built this first private sector hydro plant in Pakistan. According to IBM, the plant is expected to:

  • Add an estimated net annual of 540 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy to the national grid
  • Enhance the water power generation capacity of Independent Power Producers by 40%
  • Replace about 135,000 tons of imported oil, reducing carbon emissions and saving Pakistan approximately US$100 million per year in fuel costs

With such enormous need, managing this important new power source efficiently becomes critical – which is where IBM software enters the picture.

"IBM’s solution will play a vital role in running the systems efficiently and helping pave way for rapid and full scale development of Pakistan’s hydropower potential,” said TNB President Che Khalib.

The company selected IBM asset management software to automate its manual systems. The software provides TNB Remaco’s power plant with a single, consolidated view of all their energy data as well as asset and service management data, which IBM says enables employees to make better informed decisions about the plant's operations. The solution will also assist in planning inventory to meet precise maintenance demands, making the correct parts available at the right location whenever needed. 

“IBM’s smarter infrastructure software not only helps automate business process and better manage resources at the plant." said Deepak Advani of IBM, which is a Smart Cities Council Lead Partner. "It will also create an interconnected system that enables plant operators to make more informed decisions to efficiently run an energy complex.”