Nepra proposes importing electricity

ISLAMABAD: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has asked the government to import electricity from India and Iran to end the ongoing power crisis as the concerned institutions have failed to resolve it.

The regulator came up with the said recommendations in its state of industry report 2012 issued here on Thursday. Nepra projected that the power crisis would continue till 2020 and the only solution was for the government to import electricity from neighbouring Iran and India.

Nepra clearly mentioned in its report that the government and its institutions had failed to cope with the power crisis and there was no short term solution available. It further said that the power crisis was adversely affecting GDP growth in the country’s economy.

Moreover, the power crisis had affected the industrial sector and unemployment had subsequently increased.

The report revealed that electricity theft and line losses had swelled to 35 percent in the KESC system and 40 percent electricity is wasted due to electricity theft and line losses in the rest of the country.

The report also said that all the transactions of the central power purchase agency were illegal as there were no sales and purchase agreements. The electric power distribution companies had failed to improve their output as per the standards set by Nepra. The report further said that 14000MW of electricity had been generated against the country’s capacity of 23,000MW.

Nepra recommended importing electricity from India and Iran. According to the report, Nepra expressed grave concern over increasing deterioration in the output of the public sector electricity generation power plants and the National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC). The electric power regulator also criticised the massive surge in illegal connections.

The report also said that the NTDC was generating costly electricity by utilising the inefficient power sector electricity generation plants to provide 650 MW to the KESC despite the fact that the KESC had the capacity to generate additional 650 MW of electricity. The plants which were lying idle with the KESC were much better than the power plants that the NTDC had, said the report.