‘Pakistanis spent 515 hours without electricity in FY2016-17’

  • NEPRA report says as many as I65 incidents of power outages occurred during the period with a financial impact of Rs2.5m per incident

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has released its Performance Evaluation Report (PER) 2016-17, which takes account of system reliability, security and quality of supply of the transmission licensee during the reported period.

The PER has provided information on the performance of the transmission licensee, National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC), as per National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Performance Standards (Transmission) Rules (PSTR) 2005, based on reported data for the year 2016-17.

According to NEPRA’s PER 2016-17, loss of supply incidents during 2016-17 were 165 while the total duration continued for 515 hours and the financial impact per incident was Rs2.5million. Moreover, 0.454 million kWh average was the energy not served (ENS) in the said year (2016-17).

Similarly, 87 loss of supply incidents were reported in 2015-16, while 125 loss of supply incidents were reported in 2014-15, and average ENS per incident was at Rs1.644 million in 2015-16 and Rs4.264 million in 2014-15. The financial impact per incident was at Rs8.322 million in 2015-16 and 42.6 million in 2014-15.

NEPRA is the sole regulator of power sector in Pakistan. Provision of safe, reliable, efficient and affordable electric power to electricity consumers is an integral part of NEPRA’s regulatory regime.

In order to encourage safe, efficient and reliable transmission service, NEPRA has framed the Performance Standards (Transmission) Rules 2005 (PSTR). Under PSTR, each transmission licensee is required to submit to NEPRA an annual performance report (APR) in a manner as prescribed in the PSTR. These performance reports are analyzed by NEPRA in light of the performance parameters such as system duration of interruption, system frequency of interruption, energy not served (ENS), loss of supply incidents and its financial impact, system collapses/splitting, voltage and frequency variation violation limits prescribed in PSTR, and highest and lowest voltage recorded at NTDC’s 500 kV and 220 kV grid stations under Normal system conditions.

Ahmad Ahmadani
Ahmad Ahmadani
The author is a an investigative journalist at Profit. He can be reached at [email protected].

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