The hydel power generation in the coming months will improve when hydel stations will be operating at their full capacity to generate 6,733 MW, reducing the power outage hours, a joint statement of heads of Discos (Distribution Companies) reads.

In compliance with the direction of the Supreme Court, a joint statement from Discos heads was submitted at the SC registrar office on Saturday.

According to the statement, from May 21 to 30, hydel power generation increased from 4,674 MW to 5,099 MW. “The situation will improve further in June, July and August when hydel stations will be operating at their full capacity and generate 6,733 MW.

The situation has started improving due to rising trend of water inflows in Indus and Jhelum rivers and also, the releases from Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs fixed by Irsa have significantly increased.”

It says that the total power generation is 12,500 MW. “Furnace oil and gas supply are being ensured to maintain the level of generation where supply and demand gap is minimised. Forced load shedding resulting from tripping of Gaddu, Uch, Foundation and Habibullah Coastal Power Plants has almost been controlled. Only three IPPs – Halmore, Liberty and Hubco Narowal – with the total capacity of 600 MW are not on the national grid because of various reasons”, the statement adds. On May 31, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Gulzar Ahmed in HRC Case regarding unprecedented loadshedding in the country had directed the NTDC MD to hold a video conference with the chief executive officers of all discos and submit its report at the SC registrar office.

According to the statement, the video meeting was chaired by the power minister and was attended by the Water and Power additional secretary, PEPCO/NTDC managing director, NPCC GM, Irsa chairman and Hydel chief engineer.

The statement claims ‘we are vigorously working to ensure fair, just and equitable load shedding across the board, besides improving our vigilance and monitoring of the electricity system.