LAHORE - The relief from loadshedding proved to be short-lived as electricity loadshedding once again gripped the provincial capital on Thursday after the power shortfall increased, mainly due to less generation from Hub Power Company (Hubco). Sources said that the Hubco power generation plant, which has a total capacity of 1,200MW, is not working at its maximum capacity due to fuel supply constraints and is producing 800MW electricity, adding 400MW to the existing power shortfall. Sources said that plant was working at low capacity on Thursday due to disruption in supply of fuel on the back of delay in payment of Rs12 billion on account of circular debt to Pakistan State Oil by the government. They said that Pakistan State Oil was likely to receive Rs12 billion payment by Friday (today), saying that it was delayed due to paperwork and legal formalities. Officials claimed that the supply concerns for the Hubco were not due to circular debt but due to delay in offloading of Pakistan State Oils shipment which had reached the port on Wednesday and it was expected that its offloading might start Friday (today). Officials at the Pakistan State Oil were of the view that the company has already supplied 4,500MT of fuel oil to Hubco( on Wednesday) and an additional 4,000MT was likely to be provided by Thursday (yesterday). Meanwhile, the Lesco customers on Thursday suffered due to severe loadshedding, as citizens from several localities of the city reported massive power cuts, including Mozang, Shalamar Town, Bhagwanpura, Mugalpura, Sultan Pura, Dharmpura, Jallo More, Garhi Shahu, Shad Bagh, Badami Bagh, Samanabad, Shahjamal, Wahdat Road, Gulberg, Model Town, Johar Town. Shaheen, a resident of Mozang said loadshedding had increased in their area again, and they experienced non-stop power outages of 5 hours. Iqbal Ahmed of Ichhra said that loadshedding up to six hours were experienced in his area. According to the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) officials, the electricity shortfall has increased in the country due to the blast in Kohat, damaging a gas pipeline. Hence gas supply to the power plants was low, affecting their generation capacity, he added. The Lesco officials while clarifying the situation said the company was doing upgradation work at Kot Lakhpat Grid Station on newly constructed 132 KV Bus Bar No.1 and 2 at 220 KV for ensuring smooth power supply to the consumers. They said that work is scheduled to be completed in three stages. Approximately 35 per cent of above mentioned task has been accomplished. Other remaining phases of work would be completed later. They said that due to this gigantic work 132 KV Grid Stations namely Township, Old Kot Lakhpat, Wallington Mall, Rehman Park, Defence, Defence-V, Model Town, LEFO and Garden Town will shut in rotation on 25th and 26th. They further said that feeders emanating from 132 KV Grid Station New Kot Lakhpat namely Nishter, Inds-3, New Ferozpur road, Walk Gas, Dhaoki, Punjab Society, Kahna-1, Indst-2, Glaxo, Halloki, Wapda Colony, M/S Comfort, Steel Melt, Soofi Abad, Khana-2, Saroba, S.M.F, Indust-1 will shut on above mentioned dates. However they could not explain the real purpose behind the massive power outages carried out on Thursday. Salman Abduhoo