Crisis in Makran as power supply from Iran curtailed

ISLAMABAD: Iran has stopped 80MW power supply to Pakistan, seriously affecting businesses and livelihood of millions of people in the entire Makran region, including Gwadar, Pasni, Turbat and Panjgur.

Pakistan is importing about 100MW from Iran under long-term contracts at about Rs11.57 per unit to meet electricity demand in the coastal region having no access to the national grid because of long distances and resultant commercial viability challenges.

The Ministry of Energy’s power division told the Senate Standing Committee on Power on Thursday that Iran was facing serious a heatwave and was unable to meet its domestic electricity demand as well as failing to fulfil its power export obligation to Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, 3rd August, 2018