PSO circular debt mounting, facing Rs2b losses daily
By: Sadia Saeed | Published: August 22, 2009
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KARACHI - The circular debt of PSO is mounting and the company is facing Rs 2 billion losses per day, as the power sector, the major buyer of furnace oil, is defaulted in payback to PSO. At present, outstanding dues from HUBCO, KAPCO, PEPCO and PIA stand at Rs 91,788b, The Nation learnt from sources.
The source added that WAPDA has to pay Rs 28,536b; HUBCO has to pay Rs 36,398b and KAPCO to pay Rs 19,522b to PSO. OGDC has to pay Rs. 371m, Kohinoor Energy Rs 548m and Saba Energy has to give Rs 616m. The financial charges receivable from PIA now mounted up to Rs 684m and the audited price differential claim is Rs 2,757b, which the PSO has to receive. "Due to increasing demand of FO for the power generation sector, PSO has been supplying 35,000 MT of furnace oil per day. The government has directed PSO to fulfil the demand of furnace oil in power sector in order to control the power crisis in the country. But by doing so, the circular debt is increasing, which is alarming for the company," the source added. "The company was assured by the government that the issue of circular debt of power sector would be resolved in August. But PSO is still waiting for the amount in its account. If the issue of circular debt is not solved, the financial condition of PSO will be more deteriorated than it is at present," he said.
It is worth noting that the price of furnace oil has been surged up record high during this year due to higher consumption. The price of furnace oil is Rs 44,064 per MT to Rs 46,944 per MT, which was Rs 41,521 per MT to Rs 44,044 per MT. This hike in price occurred within a month of August, bringing much defaulting burden on the company.