Senate body refers case to FIA

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel referred the case of restoration of $32 million from Normal Electrical (GE) for the broken Guddu 747 MW GT-14 to the Federal Investigation Company (FIA).

The Senate Standing Committee on Energy, chaired by Senator Saifullah Abro, convened to debate the matter of $32 million restoration associated to the broken GT-14 (747 MW) from GE. Dissatisfied with the briefing supplied by the performing CEO of Genco Holding Co. Restricted (GHCL), the committee directed the Energy Division to contain the FIA, as questions have been raised relating to the stated quantity.

Moreover, the committee instructed the Energy Division to handle the problem of the structure of latest members of the Board of Administrators (BoDs) and emphasised the appointment of recent members based mostly on qualification and advantage.

Notably, on March 31, 2022, the Energy Division had issued a letter titled “Instructions of the Energy Division for Motion In opposition to the CEO GHCL Underneath the Inquiry Committee Report Relating to GT-14 of 747 MW, CCPP, Guddu,” ensuing within the suspension of the CEO of GHCL.

The BoD of GHCL was suggested to conduct an inquiry towards the CEO for failing to oversee or monitor the operations of Central Energy Era Firm Restricted (CPGCL) because the industrial operation date (COD) of the Guddu 747 MW energy plant. Furthermore, the CEO was held accountable for not taking obligatory actions, resembling conducting correct inquiries and making claims with GE.

The 747 MW Mixed Cycle Energy Plant (CCPP), Guddu, consisting of two fuel generators (GT-14 and GT-15, manufactured by GE, USA) and one steam turbine (ST-16, manufactured by HEI, China), was commissioned in December 2014.

Through the committee’s discussions, questions arose in regards to the actions taken in response to the three letters issued by the Energy Division on March 31, 2022, relating to the restoration quantity. The performing CEO of GHCL knowledgeable the committee that the BoD had rejected the letter issued by the Energy Division, because it didn’t approve of the allegations talked about therein.

The committee expressed shock at this train of authority and sought a clarification on the rationale behind the ministry’s letter rejection. The performing CEO of GHCL had acknowledged that all the administration of GHCL was incompetent, displaying lethargy and chargeable for corrupt practices throughout the division.

Moreover, the committee unanimously agreed to suggest amendments to the “State-owned Enterprises (Governance & Operations) Act, 2023 (Act No.VII of 2023)” regarding issues of appointments, BoD composition and HR points within the Energy Division, emphasising strict adherence to relevance.

In regard to the progress of the 2X66 MW (132 MW) coal-fired energy undertaking in Jamshoro, the committee expressed displeasure over the unprepared consultant of the performing CEO, GENCO-I.

The committee raised severe issues in regards to the delay in finishing the undertaking regardless of the allocation of funds. The committee emphasised taking written motion towards the accountable officers and requested particulars on the autos used for the undertaking, together with progress and completion updates for the subsequent assembly.

The committee additionally mentioned Petition NoPP 5309 regarding the non-payment of Group Life Insurance coverage (GLI) after retirement, which was referred by the chairman of the Senate. The petitioner, All Pakistan WAPDA Hydro Retired Employees/Pensioners Affiliation, raised issues over WAPDA’s deductions of GLI from the salaries of retired workers.

The committee deferred the matter and directed the Member (Finance) of WAPDA and MD of State Life to seem and supply a briefing.

Senator Bharamand Khan Tangi highlighted the significance of prioritising the safety of workers by WAPDA as a substitute of defending the insurance coverage firm, stressing that the method ought to observe the principles set within the act.

Earlier, within the assembly, an in-camera dialogue was held on the matter of NTDC’s development of a 765 KV double-circuit transmission line from Daso Hydro Station.

The committee deferred the matter for detailed deliberation, scheduling day-to-day conferences starting the next week. Equally, the matter of the MD of NESPAK’s consultancy and the progress of all tasks within the energy sector was additionally deferred.

The assembly was attended by senators Saifullah Sarwar Khan Nyazee, Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai, Bahramand Khan Tangi, and Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo. Senior officers from associated departments, together with the Secretary of the Energy Division, have been additionally current within the assembly.