KARACHI - The KESC continues to save its revenue by avoiding oil purchase for electricity generation, The Nation learnt from its sources. The company has a wretched financial condition which has barred it from having financial burden anymore. The company has dropped its power generation capacity at furnace oil-based Bin Qasim power plant significantly. The total generation capacity of Bin Qasim plant is 1100 MWs. But mostly, the KESC is running the plant at half of its capacity. The company has been generating up to 800 MWs from the total capacity, after facing intense criticism from the public and the government. It is worth mentioning that this is only done when they are facing pressure from the government. The plant generates 450 MWs of electricity when the government relaxes its pressure. The KESC is the only supplier of electricity to the metropolitan. This has given them the upper hand to manipulate the situation of electricity and its distribution in the city. "The major electricity supplier to KESC is Bin Qasim power plant. This plant is working under its capacity as the company is saving their oil bill," said an official. It is worth noting that supply of furnace oil to the plant has been stopped from the last few months. All the units of the power plant were being operated on gas. The supplied amount of gas remains same to the plant. But because of oil saving habit of the company, the consumption of gas hiked up leaving its pressure lower than usual. It is worthy to note that the oil supply has been restored after being pressurised by the government for the security measures during Ashura. There is no guarantee that this oil supply will continue after Ashura, as KESC has to save revenue by making the lives of citizens in the city miserable. On the other hand, the company has also stopped purchasing electricity from the IPPs. These IPPs have almost stopped their power generation. "How is it possible for the government to invite foreign investment in power sector? There is huge lack of confidence among the investors of power sector. The condition of existing IPPs is enough for them to understand the ground reality as far as investment is concern," said an expert. The IPPs which are operating in the city have not been paid for the electricity purchased and also facing problem in power production," he added. "It is a huge task for our government to pursue plans that can make an impact on foreign investor and help bringing their investment in the country," he further expressed. Meanwhile, the city faces 4 to 5 hours load-shedding. The situation was relaxed during last two days due to Ashura holidays. The gap between the supply and demand of electricity to the city remained around 250 MWs. The required quantity of electricity remains at 1500 MWs.