Power shortfall peaks to a record high: report


ISLAMABAD: The power shortfall on Monday peaked to a record high of over 9,000 megawatts (MW), leading to prolonged power outages in the country, local media reported.

The situation slammed claims of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government who has purported to bring about changes in the power fortunes. On May 30, one day ahead of his tenure end, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had claimed that the government had added 11,461MW power from new resources to the system. He had also claimed that electricity demand in June would stand at 22,538MW against the total expected generation of 22,178MW, registering a shortfall of only 362MW.

Caretaker Energy Minister Ali Zafar, in a press conference, had also claimed that the average shortfall was 2,000 MW and that the power shortfalls were a result of dropping water inflows in the rivers. However, he also said that power situation would improve in the coming days.

However, according to available figures, power demand on Monday stood at 25,044 MW against supply of 15,766 MW registering a record shortfall of 9,278 MW that had led to extended power outages across the country.

The shortfall had resulted in 2 to 17 hours of load shedding nationwide with consumers of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa(K-P) being the most affected by the increasing electricity deficit as they face a fresh series of load shedding.

The power demand of Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) was 2,565 MW against a supply of 1,506 MW to meet the demand of its consumers while the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) was receiving 3,635 MW against demand of 5,270 MW.

The demand of Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) was 3,769 MW while the supply was only 2,302 MW. Similarly, the demand estimates of Qesco in Balochistan stood at 1,715 MW against supply of 798 MW. Pesco and Hesco were also facing shortfalls of 1,308 MW and 325 MW, respectively.