Islamabad, March 07, 2024: A comprehensive workshop aimed at developing a robust mechanism for tariff-based bidding of hydropower projects in Pakistan was arranged by Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) in collaboration with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France today in Islamabad. One of the key highlights of the event was sharing draft generic Request for Proposals (RFP) documents for hydropower IPPs prepared by Joint Venture – Tractebel GmbH, Germany and NDC (the ‘Consultant’) in line with international best practices and applicable local regulations. The event brought together key stakeholders, including government officials, industry experts, investors, local and international banks, and representatives from the energy sector, to deliberate on the critical aspects of tariff-based bidding and its significance in the development of hydropower projects in Pakistan.
The workshop commenced with an insightful welcome remarks by Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza, Managing Director PPIB. Mr. Mirza commended the Consultant for its dedication and expertise in crafting a robust framework and remarked that this is a major step for moving towards award of projects through competitive bidding instead of present system. Other esteemed speakers delved into the intricacies of the RFP, highlighted its key features and potential to streamline the bidding process for hydropower projects.
Throughout the workshop sessions, participants engaged in dynamic discussions and knowledge-sharing activities. The workshop served as a platform for fostering dialogue, exchanging ideas, and building consensus on the way forward for accelerating the development of hydropower projects in Pakistan for lowering generation cost. Participants expressed their commitment to working collaboratively towards achieving the shared goal of ensuring a sustainable, reliable, less expensive and eco-friendly energy supply for the nation.
Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza expressed his gratitude to AFD, the Consultant and all other participants for their active involvement and valuable contributions towards making the event a success. He further remarked that PPIB has already accomplished significant success towards attracting private investment in establishing hydropower IPPs which is evident from the fact that so far 4 hydro IPPs of over 1,000 MW have been completed while another 13 hydro IPPs of 5,455 MW are at different stages of processing out of which 884 MW Suki Kinari project is scheduled to be operation by November 2024. Besides, hydropower, PPIB’s efficient facilitation has resulted in successful implementation of 54 wind/solar/bagasse based IPPs of 2,785 MW. As Pakistan continues its journey towards attaining energy security, sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness, initiatives such as this workshop play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the country’s energy landscape.

Pakistan Sustainability Week (PSW) alongside Solar Pakistan – 14th International Renewable Energy Exhibition and Electricity Pakistan – 7th International Exhibition for Energy, Storage and Power Industry organized by Fakt Exhibitions (Pvt.) Ltd. in collaboration with Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) kicks off on 27th February 2024 at Expo Centre Lahore.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Guest Honorable Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman – Governor Punjab in the presence of Mr. Saleem Khan Tanoli CEO – Fakt Exhibitions (Pvt.) Ltd, Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza – Managing Director PPIB, other top government officials and renowned industry names.

On this occasion, Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman stated that “Fakt Exhibitions (Pvt.) Ltd. has taken a wonderful initiative by organizing Pakistan Sustainability Week event, he further added that it is good to see private institutions helping Government achieve its vision of Clean Green Pakistan.

The PSW provided a platform for thought leaders, innovators, and stakeholders to converge and deliberate on pressing sustainability issues facing Pakistan. As chief panelist, Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza had the privilege to participate in a dynamic discussion that explored strategies, challenges, and opportunities for driving sustainable development in the country. The discussion underscored the importance of accelerating the transition towards renewable energy sources to reduce Pakistan’s dependence on fossil fuels and enhance energy security. Embracing solar, wind, and hydropower solutions was identified as a key pathway to achieving a sustainable energy future while addressing Pakistan’s growing energy needs.

Under Government’s Hajj scheme, each year an employee from staff grades SG-I to SG-IV is picked through balloting who is sponsored by PPIB from its own resources for performing Hajj. Accordingly, the balloting for the Hajj-2024 was done on 10th January 2024. Since this was the first balloting after merger of AEDB with PPIB, it was done to pick one staff grade employee each from PPIB and dissolved AEDB. The ballot slips were picked by Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza, Managing Director PPIB, Director Generals, & Directors. As a result, PPIB’s Tariq Mahmood, Office Attendant and Mr. Muhammad Nazir, Driver from dissolved AEDB were declared as successful to perform Hajj for the year 2024 at PPIB’s expense.

The management congratulated both successful employees for this sacred duty.

Federal Secretary Minister of Energy (Power Division) Mr. Asad Rehman Gilani who is also the Chairman of the Board of Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) visited PPIB office on 9th January 2024 to have an overview of PPIB. This was his first visit to PPIB after assuming the charge of Ministry of Energy (Power Division). Managing Director PPIB Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza along with senior officials warmly welcomed the Secretary. Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza gave him a detailed presentation highlighting objectives of the creation of PPIB, its scope of services, achievements, issues & impediments of IPPs, recent merger of AEDB with PPIB and future plans.

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The webinar spotlighting the electric power sector was arranged by the Research and Publications Committee of ICMA on 4th January 2024. Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza, Managing Director PPIB graced the event as Chief Guest on behalf of the Federal Minister for Energy while Mr. Shahzad Ahmed Malik, President ICMA was the Guest of Honor. Renowned power sector experts, regulators and other key stakeholders also participated as guest speakers & panelists and played a vital role in making the webinar a success through expert and fruitful discussion.


The 3rd International Conference on Hydropower Pakistan-2023 organized by Energy Update in collaboration with Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and International Hydropower Association (IHA) was held in Serena Hotel, Islamabad on 20th December 2023. The conference was graced by Minister for Energy, Mr. Muhammad Ali, Managing Director PPIB, Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza, large number of dignitaries from public and private sector, key stakeholders and power/energy sector experts.

Honorable Minister for Energy in his address acknowledged the efforts of Energy Update towards development of hydropower in the country and congratulated Mr. Naeem Qureshi, for organizing 3rd consecutive conference on hydropower. The Minister while signifying the importance of hydropower being renewable, green and cheap source of power generation, reiterated GoP’s determination to do more in this sector with the combined efforts of public and private sector. He said that enhancing Renewable Energy and hydropower share in the energy mix is the top priority of the GoP as it is the only way to reduce the power tariff besides provision of affordable electricity to the people.

While addressing the participants, Managing Director PPIB Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza stated that out of the identified hydropower potential of 64000 MW in the country, only 11000 MW have been achieved so far which accounts for 24% of the overall national generation capacity of 45000 MW. He said that for maximum exploitation of identified potential, GoP is targeting to maximize reliance on indigenous and renewable resources whereby hydel, wind, solar and bagasse based energy will increase from 31% to 60% by 2031. This development will also help in curtailing reliance on imported fuels, reducing carbon emissions and savings of precious foreign exchange. Mr. Mirza in his concluding remarks stated that PPIB being one window facilitator has been working to encourage indigenous and renewable resources for power generation in accordance with the targets set-forth in the National Electricity Policy and UN’s SGDs and COP.