Power outages to haunt industry in peak summer

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A man walks past electricity pylons as he returns from work in Soweto, outside Johannesburg May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY)

Ali Syed

Islamabad—The industrial sector that is currently being provided zero load shedding will be exposed to the power outages in the month of June because of Ramazan. Power crisis is feared to deepen in July and August as demand will escalate to 25000 MW.
The power deficit has currently been managed at 3500 MW because of which the load shedding has been curtailed to 6-8 hours but the crisis will hit the country the most when demand-supply gap will soar up to 5000-6000 MW most probably in the months of July and August as the country can generate 18000 MW maximum. However, the electricity demand in the same two month has been foreseen at 25000 MW. This means the load shedding will increase up to 10-12 hours, a senior official at ministry of water and power told Pakistan Observer.
The government has planned to inject 2500 MW electricity in the system in next financial year, but the yearly increase in demand has also been projected at 5 percent. The spokesman of the ministry of water and power said that the government is serious to resolve the power deficit issue and to this effect the Nawaz government is on track to complete the projects of 10400 MW by March, 2018 and in next year the government will add 2500 MW. However in the current year the power deficit will continue to haunt the country. The line losses, though has been reduced at 17 percent but losses are still at higher side.
However, the payables of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) have also soared to Rs 318 billion and the receivables Rs 512 billion.
The receivables that stood at Rs 710 billion by March 31, 2016 have been reduced to Rs 513 billion as the provincial governments have substantially paid the electricity dues to the central government. However, out of Rs 710 billion receivables, the federal government owed to Pepco Rs 8 billion, AJK Rs 62 billion. Among the provinces, Punjab needed to pay Rs 3 billion by March 31, 2016, KPK Rs 20 billion, Sindh Rs 71 billion, and Balochistan Rs 4 billion. Similarly Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) was to pay Rs 33 billion, Agri tube wells Rs 26 billion, K. Electric Rs 36 billion and on top of that the private sector Rs 448 billion.

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