KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) is carrying out shifting of its grids and feeders over to high-tech computerised monitoring system, SCADA, which will bring the entire high tension and low-tension distribution circuits online by September-end. Addressing a media briefing, Jan Abbas Zaidi, chief operating officer distribution, said that the advance information of various grids and feeders which had temporarily been shutdown in pre-planned groups was available at the KESC website. At 2:00pm on Tuesday, the utility was supplying 2,148MWs against a total demand of 2,248MWs. The deficit of 100MWs had been caused due to the planned outage done for system improvement, he added. To a question, he said that the KESC had been making best efforts to minimise the time of these shutdowns. Also, these shutdowns had essentially been carried out during day time. However, the plan was necessary to convert the whole distribution system to online network. Once completed, the System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) would monitor the allocated load and the actual load inflows to each individual grid station and feeder, thus making it possible to observe the difference caused by illegal and unsanctioned use of power. It would also help KESC to ascertain and locate the distribution faults in no time, and bring down the response time complaints to the minimum, he added. During the shifting of the system to SCADA, he continued, at a few places, cable faults had been identified which had been corrected. During the previous 24 hours, the utility had registered 32 cable faults, of which 15 belonged to main cables. The areas where maintenance work had been underway include sub-stations at Gulshan-e-Jamal and Drig Road, a PMT at Nadra office, Izharul Haq and Rehman Knitting PMTs, a cable in Sadaat Colony, a PMT in Gulshan-e-Hadeed and a sub-station at Sharah-e-Faisal. The areas normalised included Saudabad Malir, Al-Falah Bank Landhi, a sub-station in Korangi and a PMT in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.