Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Asif has decided to convene a meeting of provinces to sort out issues related to power Distribution Companies (Discos), National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs), well informed sources told Business Recorder.
The four provinces have a large number of complaints against the Discos for forced load shedding, low voltages, inflated bills and obsolete distribution system etc.
However, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK), Sindh and Balochistan are facing more load shedding hours than Punjab due to low recovery as the government has linked electricity supply to recovery of bills.
The sources said KPK maintains that the province is not being provided its due share of 13.5 percent of total electricity generation due to which the entire province is affected.
PTI Chief Imran Khan and Chief Minister KPK, Pervaiz Khattak raised this issue several times, claiming that Punjab is stealing KPK’s electricity.
According to sources, KPK will take up the issues like payment of Rs 25 billion on account of Net Hydel Profit (NHP) and Rs 18 billion with respect to tariff announced by Nepra, in addition to matters related to different development projects and energy projects which are being delayed due to alleged non-cooperation by the power sector entities falling under the administrative control of the federal government.
The sources said, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah recently met the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Asif in Islamabad and raised issues pertaining to renewable energy projects on Public Private Partnership mode and IPP mode as Discos are not extending cooperation in evacuation of electricity to be generated by projects less than 50MW.
The Sindh government, sources said, has shared the list of 7-8 projects with the federal government which are not being facilitated by the Sindh-based Discos.
Sindh government had offered to set up a grid station on its own to evacuate power from the smaller projects.
The sources said, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco) and Sukhar Electric Power Company (Sepco) are expected to raise the issues of recovery and theft.
Recently, Sindh government expressed willingness to pay Rs 26 billion to the power sector entities against Rs 70 billion disputed outstanding arrears.
The Balochistan government, sources said, argues that it should be given royalty on electricity like other provinces.
Presently, two power projects Hub power project and Uch power project are located in Balochistan. One more Balochistan project is being established in Gwadar.
Punjab, sources said, will take up the issue of 650MW electricity being supplied to the from national grid “at low” tariff.
Nepra has failed to provide relief to consumers. Most of the Punjab-based Discos are getting a better share in power supply but Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) is facing more shortages than other Discos.
Ministry of Water and Power, sources said, would urge the provinces to clear outstanding arrears and help catch power thieves.
The representatives of provinces, Nepra, Discos and other concerned organisations will attend the meeting. -Business Recorder