KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (Kesc) has owed Rs10 733 billion to Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), in outstanding arrears, till July 15, while Rs3.4 billion will be added to the outstanding amount by July 20, swelling the dues to Rs 14 billion, The Nation leant on Wednesday. The payments made against this huge amount of dues in two instalments, in July, amounted to Rs1.7 billion Rs1.4 billion on July 2 and Rs300 million on July 9, a source disclosed. He said that the rate on which the gas has been supplied to the Kesc is Rs333.98 per mmbtu from July 1, 2009. The rate has been reduced by Rs15. 58, as it was Rs349.56 per mmbtu in January 2009, he revealed. The source further said that the quota fixed for the supply of gas to the Kesc is 236 mmcfd, from which 176 mmcfd is provided to Bin Qasim Power Plant and 60 mmcfd to the rest of the power plants. But on July 14, the Bin Qasim Plant was provided 180 mmcfd and 100 mmcfd to other power plants. The SSGC, as a utility understand the situation of Kesc and are fully cooperating with the power utility to revive from the bad phase. The company will not comment on any claim of low supply of gas to the power plants. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Kesc energised its newly developed 132 KV Memon Goth Grid Station which will provide relief to the consumers of Malir Cantt, Malir, Memon Goth and Khokhrapar. This was announced by Jan Abbas Zaidi, Chief Operating Officer Distribution, adding that the Memon Goth Grid, completed at a cost of Rs 393 million, is the fifth grid energised by the company since September last year. This grid will start transmission of electricity to the 11 KV feeders in about three weeks time from now. The areas connected to this grid had been facing interruptions due to heavy overloading by the consumers, the next in line is the under construction Azizabad Grid Station which is scheduled to be completed on October 1, this year. The other four grid stations recently added to the network are: - Korangi South, Airport-2, Pakistan Refinery Limited and West Wharf. Giving out operational update, Zaidi said that at 2:00pm on Wednesday, the total demand of the City was 2,297 MWs while the Kesc had been supplying 2,117 MWs. He claimed that the deficit was mainly because of the reduced gas supply which was 260 mmcfd instead of the required 300 mmcfd. During the last 24 hours, 24 faults had occurred due to overloading, of which 13 belonged to main cables while 11 were in the link cables. Including some pending cases, 28 faults had been repaired, of which 18 belonged to main cables. A total of 156 feeders had tripped which were fixed in less than one hour. He said that because of a technical constraint, the 14 MW Transformer No 2 at Clifton had shut down. Other areas affected by faults included: Race Course, Gulistan-e-Johar, Sector 8-A Orangi, Block 2 and 6 of PECHS, Awami Markaz Shahra-e-Faisal, Mehmoodabad-Manzoor Colony. Rotational dumping was being carried out at Tariq Road where there had been a main cable fault. Work on all these areas was underway and was expected to normalise by the night. The areas which had already been normalised included: Sharifabad-Korangi, Shah Faisal Colony No 2, Sector 48-S Korangi, Dadabhai Town Malir and Hurriyat Nagar Orangi, he added.