Letter by former President Asif Ali Zardari to Current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sindh Loadshedding

Karachi, June 22, 2015 (PPI-OT): The former President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to use his good offices to overcome the load shedding in Sindh as the province is being faced worst kind of power crisis in hot weather.

Asif Ali Zardari made this request to the Prime Minister on Monday trough a letter in which the ex-president pointed out that the most of the Sindh areas were being faced 20 hours load shedding and said that he will be appreciated if you take notice of the problem of the people. He said the non-resolution of the issues regarding the power crisis would aggravate the situation in the holy month of Ramzan and later months.

The former president pointed out the PM that he had met him on 13 May this year and discussed about the issues of Sindh power crisis and subsequent to this meeting the Finance and Energy Minister of Sindh met the Federal Minister for Water and Power in order to follow up these issues.

It was also pointed out that the Sindh government paid Rs2.4billion of their electricity bill and the minister of power had to resolve payment issues of small power plants in Naudero and Dadu, resolve the tariff issue of wind and small hydro plants, and reduce load shedding hours in Sindh.

Asif Ali Zardari conveyed the PM that the Sindh Finance Minister informed him that unfortunately, there was no progress on the part of the federal ministry of water and power towards resolution of these issues. The Senior Minister Sindh also wrote a letter to federal minister on 5th June 2015 with request to resolve this issue.

The Senior Sindh Finance Minister Syed Mrad Ali Shah in his letter to federal minister of water and power informed that Sindh still continues to suffer from long power shut downs which are causing inconvenience to public. He stated that Sindh government, in collaboration with the federal government, is endeavouring to overcome the energy crisis.

Murad Ali Shah stated that the Sindh government paid Rs2.4billion to HESCO but the federal government did nothing in this regard and province still facing the power crisis. The non payment to small power producers in HESCO and SEPCO region, has adversely affected the power generation. The sponsors have started shutting down the power plants. The closure of these SPPs would result in increased the load shedding which is around 20 hours a day and cannot be sustained in the month of Ramzan and extreme summer.

The Sindh Finance Minister in his letter wrote to Federal Minister stated that his intervention retain 180MWs of affordable electricity into the system. Murad Ali Shah also requested that instruction given to DISCO’s in the letter of ministry of water and power dated 28 January 2015 that the DISCO’s should not pay the SSPs at their level and payment to DISCO’s will be made at PEPCO level should be withdrawn.

It was also informed the Federal Minister that the Sindh government received interest from local and foreign investors to institute indigenous fuel based SSPs, small hydro, wind and solar power projects. The Sindh Minister requested that instructions be issued to issue LOIs for these plants by DISCOs, NTDC/CPPA and other federally administered agencies.

Murad Ali Shah informed the federal minister that the Sindh can assure you that by these measures the province will be able to add 1000MW by the end of 2016. The Sindh Minister pointed out that he requested for the Dadu and Naudero gas based power plant LOIs but there has been no progress on them.

The Sindh Minister also requested the federal minister regarding the tariff of wind power plant and pointed out that the Up levelized Tariff of USc is 13.52kWh but the NEPRA proposed the tariff rate is 9.52kWh for USC and the investor rejected this proposal.

The Sindh Minister conveyed the federal government that the provincial government will not accept such low tariff as vital energy resources of Sindh will be wasted by such actions. The Sindh Minister said that he requested many time to resolve these issues but so far no positive response has been received.

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