ISLAMABAD - Owing to complete devastation of a power plant at Guddu that resulted in Rs6 billion loss to the national kitty, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has recommended Water & Power Ministry to initiate investigation against those involve in the accident of fire in the power plant.

Sources in power ministry disclosed to The Nation that the accident of fire blown in the state-owned Guddue Power Plant No.4 was due to alleged negligence of the officials of central power generation company. Complete destruction of the foundations and machinery of the gas fired combined cycle power plant caused Rs6 billion loss to national exchequer. This plant was generating 415MW of power at low cost. Natural gas supply to run the plant was being supplied from a special gas field as no other power plant can utilize this cheap local source of fuel for power generation purposes. Official sources at NEPRA while confirming the info on the condition of anonymity said that state is the owner of this badly devastated power plant. But, unfortunately it is not taking proper care of it. That’s why NEPRA has recommended taking the culprits to task in a very transparent and urgent manner. The sources also informed that a Chinese company had visited the plant and so far told that one and half years are required to make the plant operational for the purpose of power production.

“Yes, Nepra has recommended inquiry against those responsible for fire in the plant. Similarly, it must be seriously considered that no over hauling of the Guddu power plant was made from last 13 years which was necessary to be done after passing each five years. And, blades of plant and many other precious machinery and tools were required to be changed after passing three years but no change took place at the site despite passing long 13 years ,” a senior official at the NEPRA said.