Electricity Shortage Prevails Despite Claims of Increase In Megawatts
Electricity Shortage Prevails Despite Claims of Increase In Megawatts: The electricity crisis still challenges the government with the demand for power has increased and the temperatures have shot up over the last few weeks but it seems that the country’s fuel supply chain cannot keep up with the rapid increase in demand.
- Due to the depleted furnace oil stocks and halted imports of the dirty, expensive fuel in favor of imported LNG, power plants resulting that the power deficit up to 7,000MW
The government claimed that it had added 13,000MW of new power-generation capacity to the system. According to the latest information, the country was facing a shortfall of 6,000MW which implies generation of around 14,000MW against the demand of 20,000MW due to which Discos had to resort to unscheduled load shedding.
The government can state all it wants to about adding megawatts, but the fact remains that the country cannot afford, nor manage, the additional generation capacity.
Repeated incidents of extensive load-shedding amid plenty are clear reminders of this. The way matters stand; major problems will arise in either fuel supply or the circular debt, or both. This means that the fundamentals of the power crisis are still with us. Power production ahead of Ramazan could fall drastically if the supply from the incoming six ships ferrying 420,000 tonnes of fuel is not managed efficiently.
All political parties to reflect carefully on the institutional reforms required for making meaningful progress on the long road leading out of the electricity shortage crisis.
Officials are hopeful that supply position will improve after Chashma nuclear plants are back in the system and power is available from Balloki, Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah power plants, Neelum-Jehlum and other hydropower stations
Beyond power plants, what is the government strategy to address the problems of sector liquidity and fuel supply, and how they will encourage distributed generation through renewable energy sources are the questions concerning every one.
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