ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Friday authorized a tripartite power acquisition contract (TPPA) amongst K-Electric, National Transmission as well as Despatch Company (NTDC) as well as Central Power Acquisition Agency (CPPA) for 150MW added power supply to Karachi from the national grid.
Under the TPPA, power generation of 50MW each from wind power plants of Tenaga, Zephyr and Hydro China Dawood will be supplied to KE through the nationwide grid.
Read Also: Sinopharm jab use for people over 60 allowed
The Economic Control Board (ECC) of the closet had currently authorized the extra 150MW power supply to Karachi. The ECC had “chose that this arrangement is totally separate as well as would certainly have no nexus whatsoever to the existing arrangement for supply of 650MW by NTDC to KE”.
Nepra had likewise provisionally removed the contract based on a clear device for treatment of non-project missed out on quantities (NPMV). However, KE later reported to the regulator that in-depth method for NPMV allocation either to the Karachi-based power utility or the NTDC network would certainly be agreed independently as part of running procedures to be established by an operating committee as needed under the TPPA.
The regulatory authority said that based on KE’s changed petition it had now accorded ‘last authorization’ of the TPPA. “The thorough method for NPMV allocation as well as repayment system will be concurred separately between K-Electric, CPPA as well as NTDC as a part of operating procedures to be developed by the operating board under stipulation 2.4 of TPPA,” Nepra claimed, guiding the 3 events to finalise it at the earliest.
This might, nevertheless, not solve Karachi’s power scarcities in the looming summer as a result of non-resolution of problems relating to fuel supply plans and also extra power demand arising out of diversion of natural gas from industrial captive power plants as part of the federal government’s decision to enhance power consumption.
Procedure of 450MW very first device of the KE’s 900MW new RLNG-fired nuclear power plant at Bin Qasim might also not happen in time because of hold-ups in signing of KE’s gas supply agreement (GSA) with Sui Southern Gas Firm (SSGC) as well as other problems. KE has actually been reporting to the federal government and the regulatory authority that its initial device is on track for commissioning ahead of summer seasons subject to fuel accessibility.
The gas accessibility continues to be uncertain in the absence lawful arrangements regardless of participation of the federal government as well as its wish to avoid the circumstance with participation of the Supreme Court which declined to be attracted right into the business as well as executive decision making. SSGC had hesitated to sign a GSA until the settlement of conflict over payables. Unless KE’s 450MW plant is completed as well as checked by April/May in the absence of a valid GSA, the power utility may well not have RLNG needed to run the power plant.
While KE and Pakistan LNG Limited had authorized a contract a few months ago for 150mmcfd RLNG supply, the pipeline system and the safekeeping transfer station required to lug this gas to KE’s site belongs to SSGC where the problem of non-payments once more appear.