ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Power Division on Wednesday was apprised that lack of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the operations of the system, in general, was a major cause for massive power breakdown in January.
The committee which met with Senator Saifullah Abro in the chair was briefed in detail regarding the massive power breakdown that took place in January, the construction of 765Kv double circuit transmission line from Dasu Hydro Power Station to Islamabad, update on the illegal appointment of DMD and other posts in NTDC.
The Committee raised questions regarding the reports of the four inquiry Committees that were constituted to investigate the massive power breakdown in the country.
The Power Division briefed the Committee that four Committee have been constituted in light of direction given by the Cabinet. The notifications were issued on 4th April 2023 and two weeks’ time was given to finalize the report. When asked about the finalization of the report, it was told the Committee that three technical reports were submitted to the Power Division and two were left. The Power Division assured the Committee that the final report would be submitted to the Committee within 29 days. The Committee also recommended Power Division to submit the notifications of these four Committees constituted by Power Division.
The Committee also was also briefed about DISCOs recovery status, maintenance and operation status of Public Sector Power Plants installed at all GENCOs along with recovery of damage of 747MW (GT-14) from M/s GE and the status of promotion of technical staff from XEN to C.E and update status of the appointment of CEO, GHCL and consideration of Point of Public Importance regarding the process of appointments in MEPCO. Elaborating over the construction of 765Kv double circuit line from Dasu Hydro Power Station to Islamabad the Committee took strong notice of the non-implementation of recommendations. It also pointed out irregularities in the tendering process and directed NTDC that information related to the local agents of the World Bank who participated in the bid may be provided to the Committee.