LAHORE, April 27: The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) has said that a conspiracy against the Punjab-based textile industry is being hatched to sell it expensive electricity at Rs12 per unit by depriving it of the electricity generated by its own Captive Power Plants (CPPs).

The textile industry has invested billions of dollars on the installation of CPPs to meet energy needs, said an Aptma spokesman here on Saturday. The industry has installed 3000-megawatt Captive Power Plants on both SSGC and SNGPL networks and took the exports to $14 billion.

“Vested interests are after the textile industry now to ruin the economy of Pakistan, but the Aptma will not allow them to accomplish their nefarious designs,” said the Aptma spokesman and added that the campaigners should stop maligning the Captive Power Plants installed by the industry of Pakistan for personal gains.

According to the spokesman, for the first time an efficiency-based tariff was proposed in the history of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources during the previous government.

The spokesman disassociated Aptma with the sale of gas-based power to DisCos by Small Power Producers and said if any CPP was generating electricity from gas, it was operating in its individual capacity.