lahore -

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has issued policy statement with respect to the captive power to generate in-house electricity, urging policymakers to let the Captive Power Plants (CPPs ) operate smoothly to generate in-house electricity for industry and ensure seven days a week gas supply to industry.

Industry spokesman said that a conspiracy against Punjab-based textile industry is being hatched to sell it expensive electricity (Rs12 per unit) by depriving it of electricity generated by its own ‘efficient’ Captive Power Plants and push it to the failed Wapda system and finally to bankruptcies.

It may be noted that the textile industry has invested billions of dollars on the installation of Captive Power Plants in order to meet energy requirements to safeguard it from electricity shortages.

He said the industry has installed a total capacity of 3000MW Captive Power Plants on both the SSGC and the SNGPL networks, resulting into achieving record $14 billion exports. However, the industry could have been ruined terribly in the absence of CPPs, as the electricity shortage has already played havoc with the industry in Punjab. He said the vested interest quarters are after the textile industry now to ruin the economy of Pakistan but the APTMA would not allow them to fulfill their nefarious designs.

He said that for the first time an efficiency-based tariff was proposed in the history of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources during the previous regime. The Captive Power Plants generate in-house electricity and presently running on an average efficiency of 45% in the textile industry including spinning, weaving and processing. The gas based IPPs can produce up to 750MW of electricity by consuming 150MMCFD gas if operated at designed efficiency, however, net consumption would be 585MW after adjusting average Transmission & Distribution losses currently at 22% of PEPCO network which is less than the CPPs generation-cum-consumption by consuming the same volume.

The APTMA spokesman further disassociates APTMA with the sale of gas-based power to DISCOs by the Small Power Producers (SPPs).