The Senate Standing Committee on Power, in its meeting on Friday praised the performance of the Ministry and acknowledged its efforts to bring respite to the people of Pakistan, especially during Ramadan. The Minister for Power Mr. Omar Ayub Khan assured the Committee that there would be no load management during Sehri and Iftar.
While discussing feeder-wise line losses and recovery percentage for HESCO, the Committee was informed that there had been reduction of 0.9 percent T&D losses during January and March, 2019 as compared to the previous year. 8.036 units have been saved.
While taking up the matter of Lakhra Power Generation Company, the Committee shared its reservations with the Ministry. The Committee was assured that the project will 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 will be replaced by the Ministry and faulty devices will be sent for repair to pre-registered workshops.
Taking up the issue of tube wells in Balochistan the Committee stressed the need for solarisation. The Ministry acknowledged the suggestion and said that solarisation is on their set of priorities for Balochistan.
While reviewing options to deal with the power crisis in Pakistan, the Committee was informed of variable renewable energy projects that are viable for developing countries. The Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan Energy Pipeline and AMI Electric meters were other options that were being explored.
While discussing the Heat Rate issue as notified by NEPRA, the Committee recommended that this 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 presided over by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak. Members present were Senator Siraj ul Haq, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Senator Shahzaib Khan Durrani, Senator Moula Bux Chandio and senior officers of NEPRA and the Ministry of Power along with all concerned.