ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that only 90MW electricity could be produced by the Rental Power Plants (RPPs) against Rs18 billion, which the incumbent Government had paid to them one-and-half- year ago. The Chief Justice remarked that after investing huge amount of money the electricity production by the RPPs was insufficient. He said, We have to see the contract, which is not executable. Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday stated, After paying Rs18 billion to RPP if we are getting only 90MW then what is the use of them. Expressing his great concern, he said, Due to long hours of load-shedding I am spending Rs50,000 monthly on fuel for my generator and you telling me next year we shall have 1000 MW. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, was hearing a suo moto notice taken on a letter of Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat. Faisal in his letter has hinted at alleged huge corruption in award of Rental Power Plants (RPPs) contracts. Dr Attiya Inyatullah and other leaders of PML-Q were also present in the courtroom during the hearing. Khawaja Tariq Rahim, counsel for Pepco and Ministry of Water and Power, earlier informed that in May 2009 the Government paid Rs18billion to the rental power companies in advance, adding hopefully by next year 1000MW would be produced by RPPs. Rahim said since April 2010 Gulf Power Plant has been producing 60MW against its total capacity of 100MW, Techno E Power Plant generated 60MW for three months (from June to August) against its total capacity 150MW but stopped the power production in September, while Walter Power International, Naudero-I, started generating 30MW against total capacity of 50MW. Raja Muhammad Anwar-ul-Haq, counsel for Techno E Power, said they had shut down the plant because the Government was not providing them fuel. He said; We are ready to generate 150MW if fuel supply is restored to us. He said the Government is also not paying them rental charges as well. In the last hearing the Supreme Court directed Pakistan Electricity Supply Company (Pepco) to forward court notices to the power distribution companies for appearing before the bench, but the Pepco chairman served notices to Reshma Power Plants, Karkey Power Plant, Gulf Power Plant, Kamoki Power Plant, Yongjen Power Plant and Techno E Power Plant, while the notices could not be sent to Walter Powers International, Naudero-I and Naudero-II. The Chief Justice directed Pepco to serve the notices to the remaining two companies as well. The Pepco IT official was asked to place figures before the court that were shown on the Pepco website in 2009, which were later deleted. Faisal Saleh Hayat filed documents to substantiate his case. In his statement before the bench, Faisal said maximum power shortfall was shown for the acquisition of rental power projects. The PML-Q leader told the court that $55 million were given away in advance to rental power plant for producing 100MW, which was worth of only $25 million. He stressed that the report of Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Rental Power Projects was a charge-sheet against the Government, adding the report uncovers several violations. Faisal requested the court to ask National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on the procedure for determining the power tariffs. Justice Ramday addressing Hayat and expressed astonishment on report regarding $55 million paid for a project worth only $25 million. He said the figures he quoted in his statement have been downloaded from Pepco website in 2009, adding that these figures were later removed from the website. The MNA claimed that in their tenure 48 power projects were initiated, which had to be completed phase-wise, but due to Government policy those were closed down. The hearing was adjourned for today (Thursday).