Thursday, July 21, 2011

Electricity shortfall reaches 5,655 MW

Electricity shortfall reaches 5,655 MW LAHORE: The electricity shortfall continues to increase across the country and is currently 5,655 MW, Geo News reported.

According to the spokesperson for PEPCO, electricity generation is 13,110 while demand is 18,765. Hydel generation is contributing 5,353 MW, thermal 5,363 MW and IPPs 6,089 MW to the national grid.

In Hyderabad and parts of interior Sindh, 10-14 hours of loadshedding is taking place while in Jamshoro, business owners protested against unannounced loadshedding.

The situation in Karachi is no better. A meeting has been called at the Governor House on Thursday to discuss the problems faced by KESC. Eight-ten hours of loadshedding has become the norm in Karachi and technical faults are not being fixed for several days.

The spokesperson for the KESC said that the supply of furnace oil to the company has started. Meanwhile the tussle between the KESC and labour union continued on Thursday.

The union continued its sit-in but had ended its protest while Rangers have been deployed to protect major installations of KESC across the city.

In Multan and other areas of southern Punjab, residents are frustrated over the increasing hours of loadshedding and the additional surcharge in electricity bills only adds to their misery. Residents in Faisalabad protested against unannounced loadshedding.

Mohmand Agency residents protested against loadshedding and blocked the Peshawar road.

Balochistan is facing18 hours of loadshedding while in rural areas people are without electricity for 20 hours.


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