IBM to streamline operations at Pakistan hydropower plant

Tenaga Nasional Bhd Remaco, the builder of Pakistan's first private sector hydroelectric power scheme, has selected IBM (NYSE: IBM) software to streamline operations and help meet the business challenges of running the $235 million plant.

The addition of this power source will replace about 135,000 tons of imported oil, reducing carbon emissions and saving Pakistan about $100 million per year in fuel costs.

Demand for electricity in Pakistan is growing rapidly in tandem with an increasing population. Currently, the total power generation capacity of Pakistan is 23,538 MW with energy consumption having grown by almost 80 percent in the last 15 years. The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority forecasts the country's electricity demand will increase to around 40,000 MW by 2020.1

TNB Remaco, and operation and maintenance contract partner with builder Laraib Energy Limited, recently completed the 84 MW New Bong Hydroelectric Power Complex, which is located on the Jhelum River in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The plant is expected to help meet Pakistan's growing energy needs by adding an estimated net annual of 540 GWh of energy to the national grid, and will enhance the water power generation capacity of independent power producers by 40 percent.

TNB Remaco selected IBM asset management software to automate its manual systems to provide predictive maintenance while helping to meet increased resource demands. Previously, finalizing approvals and searching for relevant information was a time consuming task as data was scattered across multiple systems.

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