Power supply takes a hit due to reduced gas

KARACHI: As the temperature soared to 41° Celsius on Thursday, K-Electric (K-E) resorted to load-shedding, claiming that the peak demand of power increased by 2,600 megawatts on Thursday.

K-E also claimed that it has been receiving gas supply at approximately 90 million cubic feet per day as opposed to the Economic Coordination Committee allocation of 276 mmcfd. The current supply is well below the supply levels during this time last year.

However, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has said that gas supply has not been affected to K-E and that the power utility company has issued a misguided statement in this regard. The SSGC spokesperson issued a statement, saying that the company has been receiving lower supply of gas from its fields and hence they have resorted to load management in the gas provided to domestic users.

Published in The Express Tribune, 30th March, 2018