Power shutdowns continue despite zero loadshedding claim

LAHORE – In spite of surplus power production in the country, the government has failed to overcome electricity loadshedding completely as power breakdowns continued in various areas of provincial capital on Monday.

According to official sources, at present, total electricity generation in the country has been increased by 7,465MW to the level of 16,477MW with a surplus of 2,727MW against a demand of 14,017MW. Same is the case with the LESCO where power allocation from the national grid is around 2000MW while demand is up to 1800MW but power breakdowns of at least one to two hours have also been reported in a number of areas. Lesco official sources are of the view that these breakdowns are not part of official loadshedding neither they are due to system constraints.

They were of the view that there are scheduled shutdowns of power in different areas, especially in the localities surrounding the Orange line train project.

“The Lesco announces power shutdowns in these localities and informs the consumers through newspapers advertisement about these,” they added.

They said that the country has moved from shortfall to surplus position and it has also been able to meet the additional demand of 2,218MW during the month of December. “The country is now having surplus electricity, it has announced lifting loadshedding in the country where line losses are below 10 percent,” they said.

Energy experts are of the view that the power loadshedding will continue due to system constraints and a low recovery in spite of surplus generation in the country even after 2018. Power sector experts disagree with the claim of the government and are uncertain about zero loadshedding in the country by 2018 despite tall claims of the government, citing system constraints and low recovery.

They said that the government will not be in a position to supply electricity to the consumers due to recovery issues and system constraints even if demand-supply gap is filled with new generation by 2018.

They also proposed that the government should outsource the feeders to the private sector to improve recovery.

It is fact that in December 2013 the electricity generation was 9,279MW while system demand was 11,799MW, having a shortfall of 2,520MW but now situation has changed and we have surplus power. However, multiple factors including power theft, non-payment of bills and administrative issues at Discos level are the major constraints to eliminate loadshedding permanently and forever.

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