NEPRA Approves Modification in WAPDA’s Generation License

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has granted approval for modifications in the generation license of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), primarily concerning adjustments in auxiliary consumption across various hydel power plants and the incorporation of the 1,530 MW Tarbela 5th Extension project.

Initially issued on November 3, 2004, WAPDA’s generation license has undergone several modifications, cumulatively reaching an installed capacity of 17,367.96 MW.

WAPDA, in accordance with NEPRA’s regulations, proposed modifications to its generation license on October 01, 2021, including the addition of the Tarbela 5th Extension and revisions to the auxiliary consumption of its hydel power stations.

After conducting a public hearing on July 06, 2022, and considering stakeholder comments, NEPRA reviewed the proposed modifications. Concerns were raised regarding the auxiliary consumption limits, prompting a technical committee to evaluate the issue. The committee recommended revising the limits based on operational characteristics.

WAPDA defended the proposed modifications, asserting that they align with industry standards and are crucial for maintaining operational efficiency. It emphasized that the modifications would not impact consumer tariffs or compromise the reliability of hydropower plants, which are vital for supplying affordable electricity.

NEPRA, empowered by relevant regulations, approved the modifications, ensuring they do not adversely affect WAPDA’s obligations or consumer interests. Additionally, NEPRA approved another modification for the inclusion of Mohmand Dam, with details to be provided separately.

The approval of these modifications will be subject to regulatory provisions, the terms of the generation license, and other relevant documents.

Story by Mushtaq Ghumman

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