Power shortfall surges beyond 6,000MW

LAHORE: The power crisis in the country has once again intensified as the shortfall surged to over 6000 Megawatt (MW).

Sources said that the demand for electricity by Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) alone has doubled than its quota, while the electricity generation in the country currently stands at 13,000MW as against the demand of 19,000MW.

Talking about reasons for the shortfall, sources said the financial crunch remained at the heart of the current crisis. Pepco was supposed to pay well over Rs100 billion to IPPs (independent power producers), but could manage only Rs32 billion. With IPPs getting only 30 per cent of their dues, their fuel supplies dipped and so did their generation.

While the electricity distribution companies are forced to resort to prolonged unannounced load shedding causing great inconvenience to the people in this scorching summer heat.