KARACHI - The KESC has released 4000 Metric Tons (MT) for the power generation at Bin Qasim power plant. This supply of furnace oil is for one day use," The Nation learnt from its sources. It is worth-mentioning that this change has taken place after the federal government has intervened into this matter. The President of Pakistan holds a meeting in Islamabad, the other day, to address power crisis in the country. After the meeting, announcements have been made regarding the issue of power supply. Previously, the silence that prevailed in the government has provided free hand to the electricity supplying utilities, especially the KESC. This has made the lives of the citizens in the metropolitan miserable even in winter. The furnace oil price has witnessed a sharp decline as currently it stands at Rs. 19.7 per litre against the previous record benchmark of Rs. 51.53 per litre in July 2008. The international and domestic furnace oil prices have declined sharply during the past few months. But the benefit of low oil prices is still to reach the general public. Now, as the company has opened its doors for generation through oil, it is expected that things would be better in the coming days. The energy sector in the country is the major consumer of furnace oil. In Karachi, the KESC is the chief electricity supplier to this metropolitan. The management of the company admitted few days back that the company has almost stopped its furnace oil units and is generating 90pc of the electricity from natural gas. It is worth mentioning that during summer season of 2008, the city had witnessed prolonged power outages. At that time, company was of the opinion that furnace oil prices are very high that is Rs.51/liter, so the company cannot operate on it. This excuse was attributed to the fragile financial condition of the KESC. Meanwhile, the condition of electricity in the city has improved a bit. The unit 2 and 3 of Bin Qasim power plant have started to operate on furnace oil, previously these were shutdown. Unit 4 is still closed while unit 1, 5 and 6 are operating on natural gas. Unit 1, 5 and 6 are producing 70 MWs, 180 MWs and 110 MWs respectively. The total production of the plant after 300 MWs from unit 2 and 3 comprises up to 700 MWs. 580 MWs are supplied by Wapda. Kannup and other IPPs have also restored their functions. The total supply to the city stands at 1500 MWs while the desired amount is 1700 MWs in winter. 2 to 3 hours of loadshedding is being witnessed in the metropolitan.