Within a span of 24 hours, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has imposed second fine of Rs 10 million on National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd (NTDC) on account of power supply failure and partial blackout.
NEPRA imposed a fine of Rs. 10 million on National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd (NTDC) on account of power supply failure and partial blackout due to collapse of 8 towers i.e. 2 towers of 500 kV Dadu-Jamshoro Transmission Line and 6 towers of 500 kV Port Qasim Matiari due to cyclonic wind and thunderstorm, said spokesman NEPRA. Earlier on Tuesday also, NEPRA had imposed a fine of Rs. 10 million on National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd (NTDC) on account of an incident of partial blackout that occurred during first week of September in Sindh.
Giving the detail of the latest fine, spokesman NEPRA said that 'Evacuations of 1320 MW Port Qasim (IPP) was also suspended due to collapse of 8 towers and the same was restored after nearly 10 days i.e. on May 31, 2022.' Earlier, NEPRA took serious notice of the above incident and constituted an Inquiry Committee to thoroughly investigate the matter in the light of NEPRA Laws, Rules and Regulations. The Committee conducted the said inquiry and presented a detailed report to the authority, on the basis of which the authority initiated legal proceedings against NTDC. Subsequently, an explanation dated March 29, 2022 was issued to NTDC under Rule 4(1) of the NEPRA (Fines) Rules 2002, followed by a show cause notice dated August 02, 2022 under Section 41 of the NEPRA Act. However, NTDCL failed to provide any response within the stipulated time. Accordingly, ex-parte proceedings were initiated against NTDC, whereby NTDC was found guilty of violating relevant provisions of the NEPRA Acts, Rules and Regulations, Grid Code and NEPRA Transmission Performance Rules 2005. Keeping in view of the above, the authority imposed a fine of Rs. 10 million on NTDC.