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Govt mulls decreasing fuel value for IPPs

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The federal government is working with some unbiased energy producers (IPPs) to revise the worth of fuel for them, with the targets to chop energy tariff for end-consumers, cut back reliance on imported fuels and preserve overseas alternate reserves.

The Ministry of Power (Petroleum Division) was contemplating decreasing the worth of permeate fuel – a fuel that has low burning content material, greater quantity of sulphur and has no different use than flare within the air – “to round Rs5.5-6 per unit from Rs8 at current,” Engro Powergen Qadirpur Restricted (EPQL) CEO Shahab Qader mentioned in an interview with The Specific Tribune.

In addition to, the ministry (Energy Division) is working to provide imported fuel (liquefied pure fuel – LNG) to interchange manufacturing by means of costly high-speed diesel (HSD). “This may convey down the price of energy manufacturing by Rs12 per unit to Rs14 (on LNG) from Rs26 (on HSD),” he estimated.

There are about half a dozen IPPs in Pakistan which function permeate gas-fired energy crops beneath the Energy Coverage 2002. They’ve a cumulative put in capability to supply round 1,500 megawatts of electrical energy, which involves round 4% of the entire capability of 37,261 megawatts accessible within the nation.

Basis Energy Deharki is amongst these asking the federal government to revise down the permeate fuel value. Different IPPs working on flare fuel embody Fauji Basis and Guddu Energy Plant, it has been learnt.

“The rationalisation of flare fuel value will push up our quantity (IPPs on permeate fuel) within the authorities’s advantage order and place us earlier than those that generate electrical energy on imported fuels like coal,” Qader mentioned.

“Our plant didn’t obtain energy manufacturing demand from the federal government for 301 days over the previous 11 years primarily as a consequence of … energy manufacturing by crops operating on imported gasoline grew to become cheaper.”

Then again, manufacturing by means of the crops working on imported fuels like coal consumed a notable quantity of overseas alternate reserves for import of the gasoline, he mentioned.

“The under-consideration value rationalisation will cut back the nation’s reliance on imported gasoline and save overseas foreign money reserves.”

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EPQL has a 217.3MW combined-cycle energy plant and commenced business operations on March 27, 2010. The electrical energy generated is transmitted to the Nationwide Transmission and Despatch Firm (NTDC) beneath the Energy Buy Settlement (PPA) dated October 26, 2007.

Out of the entire 217MW put in capability, it produces round 110MW utilizing the costly HSD. The pure depletion of home fuel reserves, which was anticipated in 2015 however started in 2018, pressured the corporate to make use of HSD for the remaining manufacturing.

The federal government, nevertheless, is engaged on a plan to provide imported LNG to interchange HSD. EPQL has an estimated lifetime of 25 years, which means it could stay accessible for energy manufacturing for an additional 14 years, Qader mentioned.

The drop in value of energy manufacturing by means of the rationalisation of native fuel value and provide of cheaper LNG shall be handed on to end-consumers and the measures will carry no influence on revenue margins of the businesses.

Sui Southern Fuel Firm (SSGC) and Sui Northern Fuel Pipelines Restricted (SNGPL) have given the go-ahead for the rationalisation of permeate fuel value. The Ministry of Power (Petroleum Division) approval is awaited.

Equally, the work on provide of RLNG can also be at a complicated stage, however the availability of fuel within the system will permit the federal government to take action.

Revealed in The Specific Tribune, November 30th, 2021.

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