Consumers likely to face extra loadshedding

ISLAMABAD: Power sector consumers are likely to face the brunt of power outages during the summer due to less than capacity hydel generation, less supply of furnace oil and delayed Commercial Operation Date (CoD) of three major RLNG-fired power plants in Punjab.

The three RLNG-fired power plants of cumulative capacity of 3600 MW (1200 MW each) are still not functional. Recently, Haveli Bahadar Shah has completed Reliably Test Run (RTR) whereas the other two are yet to complete this process.

At present several areas of the country are facing severe unscheduled load shedding due to shortfall of 3000 MW. However, a spokesperson of Power Division claimed load shedding is being done in areas where losses are above 10 percent and areas where losses are below ten percent are zero load shedding.

Recently, Irsa spokesperson said slow melting in northern areas will have a negative impact on hydel generation and agriculture output.

However, the ground situation is different, areas which were load shedding free 15 days ago due to recovery above 90 percent are also facing unscheduled load shedding.

Published in Business Recorder, 9th April, 2018