What needs to be probed?Nandipur power plant failure LAHORE: What needs to be probed in Nandipur power plant failure is how a Furnace Oil Treatment Plant (FOTP) of smaller capacity arrived in the presence of Nespak, the engineering consultant of the project.
Who estimated quantum of furnace oil for the 425MW plant and its filtration requirements, who calculated the size of the plant, what size was communicated to the manufacturer (General Electric, or GE) and who accepted the plant of much less capacity, wonder energy experts and members of the Board of Directors, which took charge barely four months ago when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had already been misled into inaugurating an incomplete plant.
“It is the stuff for a case study of how one could achieve a stupendous collective failure,” says a board member.
The ministry of water and power failed to take charge of the plant and cravenly gave in to political clout of younger brother of the prime minister, and is now belatedly accepting responsibility. The ministry of petroleum failed because impurities in oil are far beyond the permissible level, which has blown the FOTP’s requirement out of proportion.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N failed as a party because it allowed a “totally irrelevant man (the chief minister of Punjab) to hijack the construction of the plant”.