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    NEPRA approves price hike of Rs3.99 per unit on account of fuel cost adjustment for April 2022

    June 1, 2022 - Frontier Star


      As people across the country await an end to load-shedding, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Tuesday increased the power tariff by Rs3.99 per unit on account of fuel cost adjustment (FCA) for April 2022.

      According to a notification issued in this regard, the FCA for April 2022 will be charged with the bill of June 2022, which will be paid by all consumer categories of distribution companies, except for lifeline and K-Electric consumers.

      The Rs3.99 increase will put a burden of around Rs58.5 billion on consumers, including 17% GST.

      The said adjustment shall be shown separately in the consumers' bills based on units billed to the consumers in the month of June 2022 by the XWDISCOs.

      'XWDISCOs shall reflect the fuel charges adjustment in respect of April 2022 in the billing month of June 2022,' the notification read. It also added that the FCA would remain applicable for only a month.

      According to the details, this decision will place an additional burden of Rs51 billion on the power consumers while the price hike will not apply to K-electric and lifeline users.

      A hearing was held in NEPRA over the proposal to raise the price of power tarrif by Rs 4.5 per unit. The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), while applying for the April fuel price adjustment, stated that 12.55 billion units of electricity were generated last month.

      The regulator had held a hearing on May 31, after which the authority approved an Rs3.99 per unit power tariff hike, which is Rs1.13 higher than the FCA of March.

      Meanwhile, according to a private TV channel, the electricity shortfall in Pakistan has widened to over 7,000 megawatts. According to power division sources, the demand in the country for electricity has surged to 28,200 megawatts amid the sweltering weather conditions while the power supply is 21,200 megawatts, with power shortfall surging to over 7,000 megawatts.

      Currently, the country is obtaining 4,635 megawatts of electricity from hydropower, 1,060 megawatts from the government's thermal power plants and 9,677 from the IPPs, the well-placed sources said.

      Meanwhile, several plants have been shut due to the shortage of oil, gas and coal, the sources added.

      Due to the widening shortfall, several parts of the country are suffering 10-12 hours of load shedding daily amid hot weather. However, the duration of load shedding is more than 12 hours in areas carrying higher line losses.

      Due to the unavailability of data, the schedule load shedding procedure is not being applied, the sources added. In Karachi, the K-Electric, the sole power distribution company in the metropolis, is observing 9-10 hours of load shedding daily.


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