KARACHI: Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) has demanded that the Federal Government should explain the rationale behind approving the installation of a new 1263MW power plant being set up by Punjab Thermal Power Ltd in Jhang; which is based on imported RNLG. This new plant will cost 6 cents/Kwh when producing electricity on imported RLNG and as high as 11 cents/Kwh, when producing on HSD. On the other hand, the government is not allowing the setting up of environment-friendly renewable energy power plants based on Wind and Solar; which will cost merely 3.5 cents/Kwh. 

This step will further add to the already unmanageable circular debt; increase import bill; and will result in the production of expensive energy – and, the resultant increase in the cost of doing business. It is pertinent to note that wind and solar plants require no imported fuel and cause no burden on import bill or exchange rate. 

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo was referring to purposely blocking and discouraging the wind and solar projects, which were recently awarded Pakistan’s lowest power tariff by NEPRA at an average of 3.5 cents/Kwh to 12 projects totalling 670 MWs and also result in up to $470 million FDI.

Moreover, President FPCCI has cautioned the government – under present circumstances – that installation of this new power plant will lead to a new scandal just like the other IPPs that are now facing the music. He also condemned the role of vested interests in this project.

The writer is a member of staff
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