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Loss of 15B Power Units: NA likely to witness intense session today.

Byline: Atif Khan

ISLAMABAD -- The National Assembly is likely to witness an intense debate session on Monday (today) as in addition to other legislative business, loss of more than 15 billion units of electricity by public-sector power generation companies during the last two years will be taken up.

On the calling attention notice of MNAs Shaikh Salahuddin, Iqbal Qadri, Mehboob Alam, Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Syed Ali Raza Abidi, the meeting will discuss an estimated loss of more than Rs150 billion to the national exchequer, due to the poor state-of-affairs at Gencos equipment deterioration, lack of scheduled and preventive maintenance, insufficient technical expertise and poor management.

The recently released report of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) said that a total of 15.16 billion units (kWh) were lost -beyond the committed standards or targets on account of auxiliary consumption, standby consumption or outages.

It said that during, said period, all Gencos, consumed excess auxiliary power over the allowed limit with an energy loss of around 668 million units during service mode. It pointed out that almost half of the losses were contributed by Thermal Power Station (TPS) Muzaffargarh (Genco III). The parliamentarians will discuss why certain gas power stations including the GTPS Kotri, GTPS Faisalabad and SPS Faisalabad remained on standby mode for most part during 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, without any reason, wasting the potential to generate significant amount of economical electricity.

In addition to a debate on mismanagement of power sector, non-payment of salaries to the lady health workers in the Fata for the last nine months and non-regularisation/extension of their services, is also included in the agenda of today's session . Standing Committee on Energy Chairman Bilal Ahmed Virk will present the periodical report of the committee for the period July-December, 2017.

Periodical report on climate change, rules of procedure and privileges, maritime affairs and science and technology are also scheduled to be laid in the meeting.

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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 19, 2018
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