Friday, July 31, 2009

‘2 power generation units to arrive before December’

Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Parvez Ashraf has said that two ship-mounted power generation units of 235 megawatts (MW) of a Turkish company would arrive here before December 2009 and are linked to the city’s power supply system.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of Cabinet Ministers Committee on Energy crisis, which discussed Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) issue exclusively, the minister told journalists that tariff of the company has been approved by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA).

He pointed out that at present the generation cost comes to Rs 8.37 per unit while electricity is being supplied to people at Rs 5.37 and thus the government is subsidising the energy to the tune of Rs 140 billion per year or Rs 12 billion per month. “We want to first overcome this shortfall as the government does not want to put pressure on the people.” He said that under the plan, the government is going for thermal, rather than for Jhelum and Bhasha Hydel and to coal and solar energy. He pointed out that the present government has inherited the energy shortfall of 3000MW to 3500MW.

He said that of this shortfall, 1,500MW would be procured from held up or slow-going IPPs and for another 1500MW, the owners of various companies have assured that they are bringing their projects on time.

Replying a question that power meters installed or fast, Ashraf said that he would get these meters tested from PEPCO experts and if found defective, these would be replaced.

Regarding rental power units, he said these would arrive before December 2009. He said these rental units have been obtained on 3 to 5 years contract through international bidding.

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