KARACHI: The Central Power Purchasing Agency-Guaranteed (CPPA-G) on Friday asked the country’s power sector regulator to allow an increase of Rs 4.05 per unit in the tariffs of former Wapda distribution companies (discotheques) for April 2022.

The request was made as part of the Monthly Fuel Charge Adjustment (FCA). The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) will hold a hearing on the petition on May 31, 2022.

According to the petition, CCPA-G given that the benchmark fuel charge for March 2022 was estimated at Rs 6.6087/unit, an increase of Rs 4.0554 per unit is required for April.

The data showed that in April 2022, hydel production was recorded at 2,404 GWh and constituted 18.55% of total production for the whole month.

Electricity generation from the coal-fired power stations was 2,168.93 GWh (16.74% of total generation) at a rate of 14.33 rupees per unit.

Electricity generation from high-speed diesel (HSD) amounted to 58.49 GWh, which represented 0.45% of total generation in April 2022.

Generation from fuel oil (FO) was 1,564.11 GWh (12.07% of total generation) at 28.19 rupees per unit. Electricity generation from gas-fired power plants reached 1276.57 GWh (9.85%) at 8.38 rupees per unit.

RLNG’s production was 2,516.85 GWh (19.42% of total production) at 16.43 rupees per unit.

Electricity generation from nuclear sources was 2,251.19 GWh at Rs 1.01 per unit (17.37% of total generation), and electricity imported from Iran was 51.95 GWh at Rs 17.63 per unit.

Electricity generation from different sources (mixed) was 9.38 GWh at a price of Rs 4.43 per unit, generation from baggasse was recorded at 106.5 GWh, the price of which was was calculated at Rs 5.9822 per unit.

Wind power was recorded at 464.78 GWh, 3.59% of total generation and solar power at 87.31 GWh, 0.67% of total generation in April 2022.

The total energy generated was recorded at 12,960.41 GWh, at a basket price of Rs 10.24 per unit. The total energy cost was 132.746 billion rupees.

According to CCPA-G data, the net electricity delivered to Discos in April 2022 was 12,556.37 at a rate of 10.66 rupees per unit, of which the total price was 133.903 billion rupees.

Estimates from Arif Habib Limited show that in April 2022, the cost of fuel for power generation increased by 11.1% month-on-month to an average of Rs 10.24/KWh compared to the average cost of 9.22 rupees/KWh in March 2022. Year-on-year, it increased by 83.7%. Rising fuel prices have pushed up production costs. On top of that, hydel-based power generation was down 6.5% year-over-year.