ISLAMABAD: The government is said to have made extra payments of approximately Rs956 billion to the unbiased strength producers (IPPs) over a length of 10 years — more than the $6bn loan to be received from the worldwide financial Fund (IMF), the convener of a parliamentary committee said on Tuesday.

Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak, the convener of the sub-committee of the Senate standing Committee on strength, said in a declaration that during-depth evaluation of the IPPs’ agreements with the help of professionals has concluded that the IPPs need to have earned Rs400bn underneath the settlement, however they have made Rs1,400bn earnings. “that is all visible on Nepra internet site,” he said.

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The countrywide electric power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) and the IPPs, but, challenged those observations, announcing the conclusions were based on misconceptions.

Nepra, energy corporations project the observations, pronouncing conclusions are based totally on misconceptions

Senator Khattak of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said that eight IPPs have been analysed for a mean length of five years. Distinctly, on an average, these IPPs were earning Rs2.3bn in step with 12 months over and above the authorized 15 per cent income through the regulator.

“As consistent with GoP policy, they have been entitled for a earnings of Rs717 million according to annum, however, they had been on average earning Rs3,106m per annum, consequently making an unlawful profit of Rs2,389m according to annum,” he said.

primarily based in this, the senator found that for all forty thermal power stations, the authorities has paid Rs955.7bn greater to the IPPs in 10 years. This is the biggest landmine laid by means of preceding governments for the PTI authorities as highlighted by federal strength Minister Omar Ayub Khan, in step with the senator.

Senator Khattak demanded that those greater payments be recovered from the IPPs and if dividend have been paid out, then the identical be recovered from their shareholders.

A Nepra group led by means of member from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bahadur Shah contested these claims and referred to that the senator appeared to were misled and was blending internal price of return with go back on equity.

Mr Abid Lodhi, chief of the significant energy purchasing organisation, additionally supported the Nepra’s point of view.

however, Senator Khattak stated it regarded the regulator changed into protecting the IPPs. He said Nepra ought to be careful in its technique because any wrong answer to the sub-committee’s questions would be treated as fraud.

A spokesperson for the IPPs Advisory Council, Dr Fatima Khush­nood, at the same time as commenting on the problem instructed sunrise that Nepra had approved 15pc greenback-based inner fee of return for IPPs over the duration of 25 years and go back on equity aspect of capacity buy charge become additionally calculated at the identical foundation.

published in sunrise, July 10th, 2019