Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Punjab Govt departments owe Rs 3.6b to PEPCO

LAHORE, Apr 17, 2010 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) --

Punjab government departments have to pay Rs 3.6 billion outstanding dues to Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) for the current financial year.

Briefing media at Wapda House here Saturday, the PEPCO DG (Energy Management and Conservation) Engineer Muhammad Khalid said the PEPCO have received Rs 15 billion from Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) for exporting power to it. To a question, he said rise in the power shortfall, to 5010MW, was mainly due to tripping of KEPCOs (Kot Addu) units No. 13 and 14 just after rejoining the system. While, its another under-maintenance unit No. 15 has yet to join the system, he said, adding the collective capacity of three units is 344MW. However, Guddu Power Plants Unit No. 4 (150MW) and Unit No. 1 (75MW) have restarted generation, he maintained.

During last 24 hour, he said, the power generation remained at 10306MW against 15310MW demand, showing shortfall of 5010MW, while PEPCO exported 650MW to Karachi. Giving the power generation break-up, he said, hydel power plants produced 2714MW, thermal 2856MW and IPPs 5006MW. The DG said the Prime Minister has convened a meeting of all the four chief ministers, PEPCOs big wigs and other quarters concerned on April 19 and the main focus of meeting would on power conservation. In this regard, they would consider various suggestions including implementation of business centres closure at 7pm and alternate power holidays for industrial sectors.

The meeting would also discuss the hot issue of gas supply to power plants, he said, asserting that gas being supplied to fertilizer units with high consumption rate, might be diverted to power generation plants. To a query, he said, PEPCO requires total of 976mmcf gas to operate its entire thermal system, but it is receiving only 275mmcf. If PEPCO is given full volume of gas, it will not only help ensure reduction in power tariff due to decline in input cost, but also increase 1000 to 1200MW generation because the thermal power plants in Pakistan are actually gas operated, he explained. To another question, Engr. Khalid said that daily load-shedding duration in Lahore is 9 hours, Rawalpindi 8 hour, Jhelum 10 hour and Islamabad 4 to 6 hour.

The LESCO representative failed to satisfy media persons regarding their queries about exemption of Bahria Town from the companys load- shedding schedule since December 2009.

However, the DG instructed the LESCO officer to do implement load-shedding schedule in Bahria Town, and he also ensured the media persons PEPCO would monitor the situation very seriously.