No power load management during Sehr, Iftar: Omar Ayub

ISLAMABAD, May 03 (APP):Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan on Friday assured the Senate’s Standing Committee on Power that there would be no load management during Sehr and Iftar times.

The committee, which met here with Nauman Wazir Khattak in the chair, praised the performance of the Power Ministry and acknowledged its efforts to bring respite to the people , especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

While discussing feeder-wise line losses and recovery percentage for HESCO, the committee was informed that there had been reduction of 0.9 per cent T&D losses during January and March, 2019 as compared to the previous year.

Regarding the Lakhra Power Generation Company, the committee shared its reservations with the ministry. The committee was assured that the project would be restarted, however, process duration must be completed.

While discussing the issue of transformers that has plagued consumers for long, especially during summer, the committee was informed that a crack-down had been conducted on the mafia responsible for irregularities.

As per current procedure defective transformers would be replaced and faulty devices would be sent for repair to pre-registered workshops.

Taking up the issue of tube-wells in Balochistan, the committee stressed the need for their solarisation. The ministry acknowledged the suggestion and said that solarisation was on their set of priorities for Balochistan.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan Energy Pipeline and AMI Electric meters were other options that were being explored, the Senate panel was further told.

While discussing the Heat Rate issue as notified by NEPRA, the committee recommended that it must be taken up as an exclusive agenda in the next meeting. It directed NEPRA to revisit calibration ad calculation of Heat Rate so that energy prices in Pakistan may be controlled.

The meeting was attended by senators Siraj ul Haq, Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Shahzaib Khan Durrani and Moula Bux Chandio, and senior officers of NEPRA and the ministry.