Power loadshedding is here to stay after 2020 in Pakistan

Power regulator says country to face a shortfall of 1,200MW

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Published: Tue 24 Feb 2015, 11:31 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:46 PM

Islamabad — Loadshedding across the country is unlikely to end by 2020, the State of Industry report released by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) revealed on Monday.

According to the report, the country will face a shortfall of 1,200 megawatts in 2020, an estimate that has come in spite of repeated claims by the government of successfully countering the power shortage by 2018.

The report divulged that loadshedding remained a major issue despite the payment of Rs480 billion by the government to independent power producers, generation companies and fuel suppliers to pay off circular debt.

K-Electric will face a power shortage of 1,132 megawatts in 2016, the report added.

It further disclosed that Nepra has advised against burdening consumers with a hefty amount of Rs136 billion to pay off loans. The average duration of loadshedding remained two to 18 hours per day last year, the report said. However, it added that the average duration of power outage in Bahria Town was recorded as just one hour per day.

While claiming that the country’s power sector has had to face immense challenges, the report said that Nepra had fined K-Electric and other power distributors on over-billing and that power distributors had failed to curb electricity theft and improve the billing system.

Nepra demanded in the report that industries should be permitted to directly sell electricity. It further said that Nepra advocated the steps being taken by the government for the production of cheap electricity.

The report further said that Nepra had taken steps regarding K-Electric’s tariffs but the Sindh High Court (SHC) had issued a stay order against the decisions. The Council of Common Interest (CCI) had approved a reduction of 300 megawatts in the provision of electricity to K-Electric, but the company had requested the SHC to issue a stay order against CCI’s decision.

The report, moreover, said that courts have banned the equalisation surcharge imposed by the government on electricity bills. It further claimed that while Nepra had to face censure with regard to the matter, it had never imposed equalisation surcharges of any type.

Meanwhile, miscreants blew up on Monday a power transmission line in Thal area of Bahu Khosu suspending power to several areas of Balochistan and Sindh.

As per reports, the miscreants blew up a two power towers each of 30KV power transmission line in Bahu Khosu area. One tower was completely destroyed while the other one was partially damaged. Due to the destruction of towers power supply was suspended to several districts of Sindh and Balochistan. — Online

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