Payment to 12 IPPs withheld for NAB cases

Payment to 12 IPPs withheld for NAB cases

ISLAMABAD: Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC) has approved payment of first installment to 35 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) out of total 47 whereas payment to the remaining 12 IPPs (under Power Policy 2002) may be withheld owing to the NAB investigation.

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin chaired the meeting on Wednesday. Power Division presented a summary before the ECC regarding release of first installment of payment to IPPs.

Secretary Power Division briefed the Committee about the recommendations of the sub-committee constituted during ECC last week.

“The ECC approved payment of first installment to 35 IPPs out of total 47 whereas payment to the remaining 12 IPPs (under Power Policy 2002) may be withheld owing to the NAB investigation,” according to as statement.

Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro, Federal Minister for Interior Shaikh Rashid Ahmad, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Division Omar Ayub Khan, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Energy Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, Federal for National Food Security & Research Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi, Adviser to the PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to the PM on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr. Ishrat Hussain, SAPM on Finance and Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood, SAPM on Power & Petroleum Tabish Gauhar, Federal Secretaries, Chairman BOI and other senior officers participated in the meeting.

Governor State Bank of Pakistan Reza Baqir also joined through a video link.

Secretary Power gave a detailed briefing to the Committee regarding a draft summary for approval of arrangement for providing additional power from NTDC to K-Electric since April 2020.

The Secretary Power also raised the issue of non-payment for the additional power supply by K-Electric to Power Division.

After Detailed discussion, the ECC constituted a Sub-Committee comprising Federal Minister for Planning, Federal Minister for Energy, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and SAPM on Power to be headed by the Finance Minister to negotiate with the Karachi Electric for settlement of payment dispute amicably.

Power Division placed a summary before the ECC regarding tax on payments to the offshore supply contractors of Independent Power Producer(s) located in AJ&K.

The ECC considered and approved the summary to facilitate swift processing of such projects due to its strategic importance.

The ECC considered and approved a summary tabled by the Ministry of Industries and Production regarding exemption from duties and taxes for import of oxygen gas, oxygen gas cylinder and cryogenic tanks by oxygen concentrators / Generators / manufacturing Plants under respective Harmonized System (HS) codes for a period of 180 days to cope with the increased requirement of oxygen during the third wave of COVID-19 in the country.

Ministry of Commerce presented a summary regarding implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRS) through export Policy Order, 2020 and Import policy Order, 2020.

The ECC considered and approved the summary.

Lastly, Power Division presented a summary before the Committee regarding retargeting of power sector subsidies for electricity consumers during phase-I in consultation with Ehsaas and Finance Division. The ECC approved the summary, in principle, with a direction to work out modalities for future course of action.

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