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NTDC fined Rs50m for failure to restore power during previous year’s countrywide blackout

Nepra says company was found guilty of violating grid code

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Friday imposed a RS50 million fine on the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) for its “inability to restore power supply in a timely manner” following the “total power system collapse” that occurred in January 2021.

According to Nepra, it took approximately 20 hours to restore the system.

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In a press release, Nepra said that it had taken a notice of the event and created an inquiry committee to probe the issue in light of its laws, rules and regulations.

“The committee conducted the said inquiry and presented a detailed report to the authority on the basis of which the authority initiated legal proceedings against the NTDC,” the statement said.

It added that a clarification was issued to the company on April 1, 2021, followed by a show cause notice on August 25, 2021.

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Moreover, the NTDC was granted the chance to appear in a hearing on January 12, 2022, but it had failed to provide any substantial reply. The NTDC was found guilty of violating the relevant provisions of the grid code. In January 2021, a major power breakdown had plunged the entire country into darkness for close to 22 hours.

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