ISLAMABAD - The line losses of power sector have shown a slight reduction during the last three years, reveals the data submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The overall line losses of ten Discos stood at 17.9 per cent by the end of the fiscal year 2016-17. In 2014-15, the losses were calculated at 18.7 per cent.

The Sukkur Electric Power Company (Sepco) suffered 37.9 per cent transmission and line losses during the year 2016-17. Its losses during 2014-15 were 38.3 per cent. Insiders believe the improvement was occurred due to the Rangers’ role in bill recovery and electricity theft prevention operations.

The line losses of Pesco were reduced to 32.6 per cent while in 2014-15 the losses were 34.8. The losses in Qesco were 23.1 during 2016-17 while in 2014-15 they were 23.9 per cent.  Line losses in Hesco increased from 27.1 in 2014-15 to 30.6 in 2016-17. The Mepco losses remained at 16.8 per cent in 2016-17. During the previous years, the losses were 16.7 per cent.

In 2016-17, the Lesco is showing 13.8 per cent transmission and line losses, Gepco 10.2 per cent, Fesco 10.6 per cent, Iesco 9.0 per cent and Tesco 15.4 per cent.

According to the Ministry of Petroleum Division data, the approximate constrained demand of natural gas in the country is over 7 billion cubic feet per day. At present, the approximate production of natural gas in the country is 4.125 billion cubic feet per day.

Pakistan is facing shortage of gas supply which will further increase in the future. The gap between the supply and demand is expected to increase to the tune of 3,999 MMCFD in FY 2019-20 and 6,611 MMCFD by the FY 2029-30 without imported gas.