Power system protection should be priority, WAPDA Chairman tells NPCC

General Lahore

Lahore: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, in the wake of assuming the responsibility of Power Sector Coordinator, today visited National Power Control Centre NPCC, as first leg of series of his visits to review the power system, so as to bring in improvement through better administration and effective coordination.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that besides providing relief to the electricity consumers, protection of the power system should be the top most priority of the system managers. He directed the officers concerned to have close coordination not only with the power producers but also with the power distribution companies across the country for the purpose.

Terming the NPCC a nerve centre for the entire power system, the Chairman said that utmost care be taken in operating the system, particularly while shifting the load from one line to the other. He also stressed upon the need to devise an efficient protection system to avert any untoward incident. A quick responsive automated mechanism must be in place in the shortest possible time so that any major break down like that of February 24, 2013 could be avoided, he further said.

The Chairman said that the overall power situation will further improve as a result of the measures being taken by the Government. He expressed the hope that power generation will increase with the improved hydrological conditions in the days to come. He directed the NPCC to strictly adhere to the policy guidelines framed by the Water and Power Ministry for load management in the country.

Earlier, the Chairman was briefed about the systems and functioning of NPCC.