Electricity demand, unforeseen technical outages effectively managed: Ministry

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Country witnessing severe, unprecedented heatwave

Islamabad—The Ministry of Water and Power is implementing a comprehensive electricity load management plan in wake of severe heat wave in current month and unforeseen technical outages to tune of 1260 MW resulting increase in electricity shortfall in country.
In order to manage power position, normal load management of 6 hour urban, 8 hours rural and zero load shedding for industries is being carried in country. Mix industry is being witnessing 4 hours of load management. Areas with higher losses and theft are having different load management schedule based on their percentage of losses.
Ministry of Water and Power on Sunday said that distribution companies through effective monitoring and other measures are managing higher demand due to heat wave and technical outages of few units of IPPs and Genco’s.
Currently country is witnessing severe heat wave in month of October which is unprecedented and has resulted in shape increase for demand of electricity.
Further some units of IPPs and GENCOs have gone into unforeseen technical outages resulting in lesser power generation to the tune of 1260MW. The power plants units which are on forced outages due to unforseen technical faults are Hubco Unit-4 (300 MW), Liberty Power (200 MW), Engro. (200 MW), Muzzafar Garh Unit-3 (180 MW), Lakhra (30 MW), Halmore (200 MW) and Guddu-747 (150 MW).
It may be noted that in September and October the Hydel power generation is already low a compared to August due to lower released from dams on demand of provinces.
Due to all above narrated reasons the average demand and supply shortfall has increased from 4000 MW to above 5000 MW. Repair work on units of IPPs and GENCO’S is already in progress and efforts are being made to bring these units as soon as possible. Officials of the Ministry are in constant touch with the these plants administration to expedite the repair work.
It is important to note that to save the system, the NPCC may conduct unannounced loadshedding in some areas if the electricity demand further rise.
The Ministry of Water and Power has appealed to the consumers to adopt energy conservation measures and lower energy usage as the current position may continue for a couple of days till the plants are back the system. The Ministry highly regrets the inconvenience caused to the consumers.—NNI

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