Published On: Thu, Oct 5th, 2017

Load Shedding in Pakistan Cut by 52% in 4 years

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Load Shedding in PakistanThe Senate Standing Committee was briefed by the State Minister for Power Abid Sher Ali on the Power situation and explained how load shedding in Pakistan had been reduced by 52% while recoveries also increased to 94% in the past four years.

Senator Mir Israr Ahmed Khan Zehri, Chairman of the committee, expressed his concerns over lack of gas and electricity supply to vast areas in Balochistan.

The minister said that power situation had improved significantly and several new projects were in the pipeline to provide gas connections as well as electricity to remote parts of the country.

The electricity production has been increased to 18,658MW from 11,800 megawatts in 2013, the minister said, adding that another 11,514MW will be added to the system by June 2018.

The shortfall of 8,000MW has now been reduced to 2,880 by June bringing down the load shedding from around 12 hours to 3-4 hours daily, he informed the committee.

He said recoveries had been improved to 94% from 89% in 2013. He said areas with heavy line losses will continue to face longer duration of load shedding in Pakistan as policy. He said that out of around 298 faulty transformers 270 had been repaired, which will eventually help in smooth power supply during peak summers.

He added that up gradation work at high power transmission lines was expected to be completed by June 2018, and currently repairs and up gradation work at 102 transmission lines out of 137 lines have been completed.

Mr Ali said that Pesco and Sepco have made recoveries amounting to Rs40 billion, but they still have to recover Rs. 150billion.

The senators expressed their disappointment over lack of gas connections in large parts of Balochistan, including Khuzdar, the second largest city of the province. The committee suggested for supply of gas to Fata.

State Minister Jam Kamal said that there were plans for air-mix LGP projects in many areas to supply gas through pipelines.

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