NEPRA on K-Electric: Fine of Rs 5million Imposed for Load Shedding
On Thursday, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) imposed a fine of Rs. 5 Million on K-Electric Limited – Karachi’s electricity supplier – on “account of its failure to provide reliable power supply to consumers of Karachi on a nondiscriminatory basis”, according to a statement released by NEPRA.
NEPRA’s statement included how K-Electric Limited was fined due to lack of maintaining the required performance standards, ignoring the compliance protocols, distribution code and direction of the authority regarding the supply of electricity to all consumers without discrimination.
When talking about the press reports on long hours of load shedding by K-Electric during the month of Ramadan in the year 2017, as well as the direction of Honorable Sindh High Court to NEPRA to ensure compliance in order to provide electricity to all citizens of Karachi with non-discriminatory policies. The authority of Sindh High Court even constituted a committee to investigate the facts and implementation of the order.
On June 1 to June 5 2017, the committee visited the generation, distribution facilities, and transmission of K-Electric in order to investigate and verify load shedding in different areas of Karachi. As well as the current generation capacity of K-Electric and its usage, number of interruptions/faults and implementation of investment plans.
Earlier, the committee submitted a comprehensive report to NEPRA, it raised serious concerns on the performance of K-Electric and the authority decided to initiate legal proceedings against K-Electric.
“The Authority observed that different units of Bin Qasim Power Station-I tripped frequently during the month of May, 2017 owing to improper maintenance by K-Electric. In addition, a huge number of unplanned interruptions of prolonged duration occurred due to K-Electric’s weak and fragile distribution network. All this cumulatively resulted in extended load shedding, ranging from 14 to 16 hours in Karachi during the month of May, 2017,” according to the statement released by NEPRA.
NEPRA claims K-Electric was given chances to elaborate the irregularities and show-cause notices were also issued to the company.
“Two opportunities of hearing were also provided, wherein, the representatives of K-Electric made their submissions, however failed to provide any satisfactory response to the alleged violations,” the statement concludes.