LAHORE – Power generation on Sunday went down to 7,000MW against demand of over 13,000MW pushing the general public in 18 hours loadshedding in urban areas and rural feeders went virtually without electricity as a series of crises hit power sector in the last 48 hours.

“Out of 7,000MW generated power, around 700MW was being given to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), taking national supplies down by another 10 per cent for common man,” an officer from the most concerned section of WAPDA said. Around 25 per cent of the remaining supply is consumed by lines losses, theft and inefficiency factor, which leaves only around 4,500MW for common man. Another 1,500MW goes out on account of exemptions for hospitals, VVIP (PM, President Houses) and defence, and actual national supplies come down to 3,000MW.

Privately, the power planners conceded that that ground reality was much worse then what these statistics suggested. Officially, the gap between demand and supply was 60 per cent, but common consumer was getting only 20 per cent supply because of different factor.

In the last 36 hours, the Uch Power (550MW) was taken out of system as sabotage took out its gas line. It on the top of Habibullah Coastal (125MW) and Sheikh Manda (25MW) already being out of the system for the same reasons, says an official of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco).

Oil supplies were disrupted to AES Lal Pir and Pak-Gen on Saturday and another 700MW went out of generation tally. Water releases from both dams (Tarbella and Mangla) were cut down from 35,000 and 25,000 cusecs to 22,000 and 20,000 cusecs – a loss of another 600MW. The total oil supplies are down to 1,600 tons against a bare minimum requirement of 25,000 tons.