ISLAMABAD     -   Gwadar local power authority has agreed on the supply of electricity of around 17MW for Gwadar Free Zone-I and Gwadar Free Zone-II, promising impetus to economic activities and acceleration of industrialization in Gwadar. A senior official from the local branch of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) conceded to make available 17MW to both Free Zones in Gwadar. Around 5 MW was sought for Gwadar Free Zone-I and 12MW was requested for Gwadar Free Zone-II, Gwadar Pro reported on Sunday. WAPDA is a government-owned authority responsible for regulation, integration, and maintain rapid development and maintenance of water and power resources of the country. In Balochistan WAPDA works with Quetta Electricity Supply Company (QESCO) which is responsible to distribute and supply of power to all areas including Gwadar. Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) official told Gwadar Pro that China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) held talks with local officials of WAPDA and succeeded in obtaining the minimum required electricity. GPA will take on board both authorities to ensure the supply of 17 MW for both zones. “Usually power cost varies between Rs28 to Rs32 per unit as per normal and peak hours but with intermittent pattern to the private sector. However, for Gwadar Free Zone-I and Gwadar Free Zone-II, power fare will range between Rs40 to Rs45 in accordance with normal and peak hours as it will be supplied in an uninterrupted manner free from outage like 24 hours,” he disclosed. It is expected that after a formal letter drafted by COPHC in collaboration with GPA lands in the office of Quetta Electricity Supply Company (QESCO), due process to sanction the power supply will take its course as per rules. After the summary is nodded positively, COPHC will have to pay the cost of power distribution lines to be laid down at the allocated sites. A few days back, the government announced to purchase 100MW of electricity from Iran to meet the power demand in Gwadar