LAHORE – Lahore Electric Supply Company Chief Executive Officer Sharafat Sial said here on Wednesday that no electricity distribution company was in position to handle the overall power management independently (without the help of Wapda, NTDC, NPCC and other power sector institutions). He made these remarks in his maiden press conference since assuming his new charge in February last year.

This is worth mentioning here that the Federal Government is working on the IMF and World Bank-led energy sector reforms programme which, among other structural changes in power sector, also proposes privatization of the DISCOs.

The Lesco is being considered as the most efficient revenue-generating power distribution company of the country. One can understand that what will happen with the government’s programme (reforms) when even the most efficient electricity company’s chief saying indirectly it is too early to make company independent. All the engineers of the power sector are also opposing the proposed move of the government and a case regarding the ‘privatization’ of the DISCOs is already in the court.

“We have no system production unit, independent design management cell and planning departments. We are in development stages and are dependent on others,” he held. To a question, he replied the duration of loadshedding would not exceed from six hours in the summer. “The hydel generation will improve. But the Company is unable to stop the forced loadshedding as it is not in Lesco’s domain,” he said. Sial said that the Company was conducting loadshedding according to the quota allocated to it by the Pepco. The CEO was briefing the journalists about the installation of new 132-KV grid station at the Multan Road.

While telling about the newly installed 132-KV grid station at Multan Road, the Lesco chief said that besides helping in smooth electricity supply, the station would reduce loads on the grid stations of Chung and Johar Town. He said that industrial, domestic and commercial sectors would be the major beneficiaries of this grid station. He claimed of completing all the projects without the held National Transmission Dispatch Company. Sharafat Sial said the project was funded by Asian Development Bank with a cost of Rs.297 million. He informed that Lesco had planned grid stations in Punjab University, Askari-X and other areas as well. Sial held responsible National Power Control Centre for the closing of grid stations for long durations. “NPCC closes grid stations of the country and we can’t stop it from doing this exercise,” he held. He said that currently six to 12 hours of loadshedding were being carried in Lesco’s limits.