NEPRA imposes Rs50m fine on power firm

Blames Guddu plant management for negligence


Our Correspondent August 20, 2022
According to the data provided to Nepra, energy generation in June 2021 was recorded at 14,361.17 GWh. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD:

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), while taking cognisance of the power breakdown which plunged the whole country into darkness, has imposed a fine of Rs50 million on the Central Power Generation Company Limited (CPGCL) on account of negligence by the management of Guddu Power Plant, according to a press release issued on Friday.

The massive power breakdown occurred on January 9, 2021 at 2340 hours and it took approximately 20 hours to restore the system, it read.

Earlier, Nepra took serious notice of the incident and constituted an inquiry committee to thoroughly investigate the matter in light of the Nepra Act, Rules and Regulations.

The committee conducted the inquiry and presented a detailed report to the authority, on the basis of which the authority initiated legal proceedings against CPGCL.

An explanation dated April 1, 2021 was issued to CPGCL under Regulation 4(1) of the Nepra (Fine) Regulations 2021, followed by a show cause notice dated February 11, 2022 under Section 27B of the Nepra Act.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2022.

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