New Delhi: Facing severe energy shortages, Pakistan has sought as much as 500 MW of electricity from India.

New Delhi is willing to help and is exploring the points which can be used to hook-up to the grid in Pakistan through a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line, government sources said.

The proposal to buy power was made when an expert group visited Pakistan this week to discuss energy cooperation. Sources said the transmission line may not take very long to build and power could start flowing soon.

However, details and modalities of the purchase and the techno-commercial are still to be worked out. The power-starved nation is ready to explore all options for sourcing power from India.

Pakistan wants 500 MW power from India but will have to put in place a transmission network which will facilitate transfer of electricity. At the same time India on its part will have also to construct a transmission network.

The sources added that the two nations have to first develop transmission lines. However, they did not specify the timeline for the completion of the transmission network. The talks between the two nations are still on and they are yet to reach at an agreement.

(Agencies)

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