A fresh wave of unannounced, extended load-shedding in the past few days has been attributed to a record shortfall of 9278 MW, with residents of Balochistan, KPK, and Sindh suffering the most.
According to the figures, as of Monday, the power supply stood at a languishing 15,766 MW while the demand was recorded to be 25,044 MW.
Load-shedding of 2-17 hours in different parts of almost all provinces has badly exposed the claims made by the PML-N government with the then Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi claiming the power generation to be 22,178 MW against a demand of 22,538 MW (362 MW shortfall) in June. The situation, however, is nowhere near what the former PM had promised with the country facing a record power shortfall.
The Caretaker Energy Minister Ali Zafar, in a press conference, also maintained that the shortfall stood at 2000 MW attributing it to declining inflows in the rivers. He was confident that the coming days will see an improvement in the situation. However, the situation is worsening and Pakistanis are are suffering at the hands of load-shedding in severe heat.
The receivables from power defaulters is a major reason behind the power sector’s critical financial situation, as highlighted by PML-N’s economic managers in the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) meeting. The receivables stood at a mammoth Rs. 851 billion in April 2018 up from Rs 729.8 billion in June last year.
Other reasons include delayed tariff determination, lack of subsidy, and poor regulatory benchmarks for recovery improvement and reduction in loss.
Electricity Distribution Company’s Respective Shortfalls
According to the latest figures, Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) is supplying 1,506 MW against a demand of 2,565 MW, Multan Electric Power Company’s (MEPCO) figures stood at 2,302 MW supply for 3,769 MW demand.
Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO), Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) recorded shortfalls of 1636 MW, 917 MW, 325 MW and 1308 MW respectively.