KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has to receive Rs36 billion from the domestic and commercial consumers of Karachi, said Jan Abbas Zaidi, chief operating officer distribution KESC . Addressing a Press briefing about average billing, low voltage and cable faults, he said that the non-paying consumers included the ordinary as well as some major commercial enterprises, industries and government organisations and the highest overall percentage belongs to ordinary domestic consumers. He further added that the company has received Rs18 billion as power subsidy last year from the government. It is worth noting that in the coming budget, this amount of subsidy on power, oil and gas is to be withdrawn and that will hike the power tariff by 44 per cent. The company is going to start a campaign against power theft in coming week, this would be done in the context of large power theft in the City, said Zaidi. We are sure that the 18,000 employees and all our 2.2 million consumers will join hands to fix the electricity supply problem and to make the utility worthy for Karachi, the country and the region, he added. We have a decayed infrastructure and it will take months to get a visible improvement. The KESC had been working hard to advance its 96 years old system, he added. Zaidi said in most cases of average billing, the consumers had been involved in meter tempering and electricity theft. Once the attempt was detected, the KESC had sent an average bill to such consumers to give time for ascertainment of the attempt. Adding that around 30 per cent of the total electricity supplied to the City had been lost one way or the other. The employees at Business Operation Centres (BOCs) and Karachi district office are being trained to address all queries and complaints in a polite way. Moreover, there is significant drop in complaint calls at the complaint centres. The KESC has launched the first phase of its 180MW, GE Jenbacher power plant, this first phase being of 80MW at SITE, which will replace the existing 50MW plant there. The work on the four-phased US$53 million project started on January 15, 2009 and will be completed by the middle of July 2009. The duration of the project completion is just six months and in each phase, eight gas engines will be added, stated Dale Sinkler, chief operating officer - generation and transmission KESC . He said that the KESCs fast-track of total 180MWs power project was under construction and commissioning at two sites, the one is being set-up in SITE area and the other in Korangi Industrial Area. Each site having 90MW capacity, comprises of 32 gas engines. The first section out of four, which shall generate 21MW, is under commissioning at SITE area project site. On Thursday, the engines have been commissioned and tested for operation. The complete section shall be fully commissioned early next week, providing 21MW to the grid. The other three sections of SITE area are also progressing as per schedule. The complete 90MW shall be available by the middle of next month. He also announced the days statistics of power supply and demand in the City. Total of 2,238MWs were being supplied by the KESC while the demand was 2,251MW. Thus, there was a shortfall of 13MWs in Gadap area.