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Load-shedding a financial issue, not production: Nepra

October 01, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Officials of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Monday proposed to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat that if the government was willing to finance, the Nepra could produce around four thousand megawatts of surplus electricity for export, DawnNews reported.

The meeting was headed by MNA Hameedullah Jan Afridi in Islamabad.

The Nepra official said that the load-shedding was not an issue of production but was more of a financial issue.

Briefing the meeting, the Nepra official said that country’s requirement for energy was 16,500 megawatts while the Nepra had capacity to produce 20,000 megawatts.

The official proposed that the surplus power could be exported.

A member of the standing committee raised the issue of inflated electricity bills and said that the billing system should be rectified.

Afridi said that if Nepra could not provide relief to the people then it should stop operating altogether.

The standing committee directed the Nepra to present it with the details of its agreements with production and distribution companies in the country.