Tuesday, June 2, 2009

'KESC increasing generation capacity'

KARACHI: The KESC will increase generation capacity by 150MW in June, and a further 180MW in September this year, the utility's CEO has told top government officials.

Briefing Sindh Governor Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan and various MQM leaders at the Governor's House on Saturday, KESC CEO Naveed Ismail also claimed that the utility's 'dependable capacity' had increased by 131MW, and that a 50MW rental power project had been commissioned in March 2009.

He said that adding all of the increases together, a total of 481MW of additional power would be available soon.

In addition, he claimed that the 560MW planned power plant at Bin Qasim would also considerably increase generation capacity. He said that in this respect a $56 million down payment had been made to a Chinese company, and the project was being fast-tracked.

Federal Adviser on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain agreed in the meeting promised that the KESC would be provided more relief in making payments to the Pakistan State Oil for the purchase of furnace oil. The power utility will accordingly be allowed to clear the PSO dues in three months instead of one month.

Sindh Governor Dr IshratUl Ebad Khan, who presided over the meeting, expressed hope that the special committee would successfully address the financial and investment issues related to the power utility and advised its management to devise an emergency summer plan for the city.

Besides KESC CEO Naveed Ismail and Federal Adviser on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, the meeting was attended by federal ministers Dr Farooq Sattar and Babar Ghori, Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmad, City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal and MQM members of the national and provincial assemblies.

Mr Ismail also talked about the investment plans and assured them that in the light of the concerns showed by the elected representatives the utility would make all-out efforts to improve the power supply position.

A committee comprising MQM legislatures and KESC officials was constituted in order to address the issues of power outages, inflated bills and fast meters

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