Loadshedding may return as losses have tripled, warns minister

Pakistan will have to bear power sector losses of Rs360 billion this year — three times greater than those in 2013 — because of insignificant reduction in system losses and increased electricity supply.

“Because of increase in the quantum of power generated, we will have to absorb Rs360bn annual losses despite 1.2 per cent reduction in [system] losses,” said Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari in a statement released by his office on Thursday.

He said surplus electricity was now available in the system, sufficient to end loadshedding across the country, but only if there were no losses.

Published in Dawn, 23rd February, 2018