LAHORE – Almost more than half of power plants are running out of fuel, resulting in 14 to 16 hours blackouts across the country.

The total generation is less than 8000MW against the countrywide demand of 14000MW and the hydel generation is contributing the major share of the electricity in the national grid.

“Nearly 70 per cent of IPPs (Independent Power Plants) without fuel and Gencos are contributing 30 per cent of their generation capacity for energy basket,” said official sources. They held that Power Ministry had been repeatedly informed about the situation and requested for the arrangement of fuel but no step yet taken by the government, they added.

Both IPPs and Gencos can easily add 10,000MW in national grid. Currently hydel generation is standing around 4000MW and the rest is receiving from Gencos and IPPs.

The Lesco is conducting 12 hours shutdown in the City while the Company’s rural limits are under the grip of 14 hours shutdown.

The situation is not different in the areas under Gepco (Gujranwala Electric Power Company) and Fesco (Faiselabad Electricity Supply Company) where the consumers are facing severe problems due to long hour’s shutdown.

Sources said the load shedding was comparatively less in the limits of Multan Power Company and the areas Interior Sind, thanks to the federal government’s consideration that areas are under PPP’s domination.  Around 10 hours load shedding is being conducted in KPK and Balochistan.