With the arrival of summer in the country, the electricity shortfall has surpassed 2500 megawatts and power outages of three to seven hours have been started reports said on Sunday.
The power consumption has reached 16,000 megawatts whereas the production is only 13,500 megawatts. Lahore Electric Supply Company is facing shortage of 490 megawatts. The LESCO is conducting loadshedding on the basis of the line losses and the electricity theft from its 1,775 feeders.
It has been learnt that three-hour power outages are being held from 1241 feeders with 10 percent line losses, five-hour loadshedding from 430 feeders with 30 percent line losses, six-hour outages from 74 feeders with 40 percent lines losses and seven-hour loadshedding from 20 feeders with 60 percent line losses.
On the other hand, the officials have said the power production will gradually increase as water levels increase in dams after melting of snow due to high temperature.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division), Omar Ayub Khan, said on Sunday that electricity shortfall stood at ‘zero’ as of power generation was more than the figure demand and supply of the country.
Omar Ayub Khan, in his latest Twitter message, detailed that the demand of power stood at 14,840 megawatts after the availability of 17,100 MW electricity in the national system as per statistics provided for “today’s (Sunday) 8:30 pm”.
The federal minister clarified that announced load management was continued in the areas facing losses due to electricity theft and other [technical] reasons.