Stiff penalties await coal power projects in case of delays

The government has warned power projects under construction in Sindh that if their dates of commercial operations are delayed, they will be responsible for paying the capacity charges of the Matiari-Lahore transmission line, which is being laid by a Chinese company.

The line is the first private investment in the transmission sector, and will be the first high voltage DC line power line in the country.

It is designed to carry power from up to eight coal based projects being built in Sind, with a combined gross generation capacity beyond 5500MW. The line will have a design transmission capacity of 4000MW and traverse 878 kilometres, at a total project cost of $2.12 billion, according to the tariff petition filed with Nepra.

Published in Dawn, 2nd March, 2018