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Power firms asked not to collect revised fuel charges

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has asked the electric power distribution companies not charge additional Rs6.39 per unit under the fuel adjustment mechanism.

Recently the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had raised the fuel adjustment charges by Rs6.39 per unit against the fuel cost incurred for the power generation from October 2011 up to January 2012. According to the ministry of water and power all the distribution companies have been given instructions to this effect.

The power regulator accorded approval to the raise in power tariff by Rs2.22 per unit for October 2011, Rs1.27 per unit for November, Rs0.94 per unit for December 2011 and Rs1.96 per unit for January 2012.

The ministry of water and power said that the mechanism to collect the monthly fuel charges would be evolved according to which the companies would start a fuel price collecting process. It is pertinent to mention that Minister of Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar had announced to stop the process to collect monthly fuel charges on protest by PML-N in the Parliament. Meanwhile, the ministry had issued a statement on the current power situation saying that power generation has improved with 900 MW added in the system. It said due to the improvement the gap between demand and supply has shortened and the duration of load-shedding has reduced.

As per detail, the technical faults of AES Lalpir and Hubco have been rectified. Halmore power plant got 19 MMCFD gas and has added 100 MW while 100 MW more has been added from Kapco plants in the system. The generation has reached at 9000 MW. Efforts are being made to get 700 MW from the four IPPs based on gas/HSD. It is expected that 700 MW will be added in the system by Tuesday night, the statement added.

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