LAHORE: The power generation from the 1,230MW combined cycle Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant was reduced by half after one of its two gas turbines stopped working due to some technical issues, including choking of its air inlet filters.

However, a source claims, the turbine will resume power generation (600MW) in the early hours of Saturday (today).

“The project administration immediately took action and started the maintenance. The turbine stopped working after its air inlet filters choked due to absorbing the sugarcane husk/bagasse,” the source said while talking to Dawn.

On the other hand, the power generation by the 1,223MW Balloki and 1,180MW Bhikki power plants is underway on full capacity with provision of adequate gas from the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).

“Each plant is receiving up to 150MMCFD gas from the SNGPL. For this, the SNGPL has stopped gas supply even to the domestic consumers during night time (10pm to 6am) daily,” said another source. He said the government has also directed the SNGPL to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to all gas-fired power plants since their operation was supposed to continue under the merit order to balance the energy prices.

RAILWAYS: Federal Secretary/Chairman Railways Zafar Zaman Ranjha visited Pakistan Railways Headquarters where he was briefed on the development projects.

Addressing the meeting, he directed the officers to complete all the projects on time.

“We all have to work day and night to make the institution profitable,” he said.

Later, the chairman participated in the Transport Infrastructure Joint Working Group meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal.

LESCO: Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) Chief Executive Officer Chaudhry Amin requested the consumers at large to minimise use of electricity in the peak hours.

“Due to power shortfall, we are carrying out loadshedding from one to two hours in Lesco service areas,” he said in a press release.

NLC: National Logistics Cell Director General Maj Gen Yousaf Jamal visited Lahore Prime and Downtown site at Central Business District (CBD), Gulberg, to review the development work in progress.

He was accompanied by the chief executive officer, Lahore Central Business District Development Authority (LCBDDA), Imran Amin, Chief Operating Officer retired Brig Mansoor Janjua and the officers concerned.

The NLC DG was given a briefing on the infrastructural work and its progress by Riaz Hussain, the executive director technical directorate of LCBDDA.

Published in Dawn,May 21st, 2022

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