War of words intensifies between K-Electric, SSGC

ISLAMABAD: The war of accusations intensified between the two Karachi-based public utilities — privatised power firm K-Electric (KE) and state-owned Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) — as consumers continued to suffer extended power outages in hot and humid weather.

Both firms are publicly listed companies on the country’s stock exchange and yet appeared questioning each others accounting standards apart from hurling accusations against each other for gas shortfall and resultant power crisis in city of more than 20 million people.

The blame-game appeared to have started after power regulator — National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) — blamed KE for not utilising its full generation capacity and at the same time asked the government to increase gas supply to KE for higher power generation to ease public sufferings.

Published in Dawn, 19th April, 2018