LAHORE - As the country is plunging deeper and deeper into the energy crisis, the electricity shortfall has hit the record level of 7,075 MW owing to the forced shutdown of more than 24 units of power generation plants following the severe fuel scarcity, sources concerned told TheNation here Friday. This situation has pushed the consumers to bear the brunt of 18 to 20 hours loadshedding, which the sources said, might increase due to multiple factors, the most important being the liquidity crunch being faced by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), currently heading the new face of power sector, Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO). The WAPDA is facing 5750 MW electricity shortfall within its own system whereas 1325 MW shortfall was recorded from IPPs. Almost all the public power generation companies (GENCOs), which already were running under capacity stayed helpless in taking forced shutdown for want of fuel, the sources said. They said the total generation capacity of Genco-III power plants which is 1530 MW at present consists of TPS Muzafargarh, SPS Faisalabad, GTPS Faisalabad, NGPS Multan and GTPS Shahdara. They stopped contributing their share in generation system with fuel as main problems besides GENCO-I, Jamshoro Power Company Limited, with the maximum load of 671 MW. Similarly, GENCO-II, with maximum load of 1222 MW has also stopped contributing. Most of the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) who are producing 5654.44 MW of electricity, have taken the forced shutdown following the prolonged default of their dues owed by the WAPDA. These IPPs including country's largest IPP with a capacity of 1600 MW, Kot Addu Power Company (KAPCO), 362 MW AES Lalpir, 365 MW AES Pak-Gen. limited and fifty percent shutdown of 117 MW Southern Electric Power Company (Sepcol), 120MW Japan, 586 Uch Power Limited. Kot Addu Power Company (KAPCO), country's largest IPP with a capacity of 1600 MW, comprising 10 multi fuel fired gas turbines and 5 steam turbines The Power Plant's combined cycle technology enables KAPCO to use the waste heat from the gas turbine exhaust to produce steam in the Heat Recovery Steam Generator, which in turn is used to run the steam turbines thereby resulting in fuel cost efficiency and minimum wastage. The sources said that the IPPs had not been paying any heed to the government warnings and kept on running their units with the furnace oil stocks only for a couple of days' consumption. This situation caused delay in payments. The sources quoting the IPPs response to the government said that these companies were currently relying mainly on short-term borrowings to plug their working capital gap whereas WAPDA presently owed Rs28 billion. The sources said that IPPs responded to the government citing furnace oil import, which had been increased by 68 percent amid high demand from thermal power plants including IPPs. They said that given the growing appetite for power in the country, reliance on thermal power generation had been on the rise for the last two years with its greater usage in thermal power generation. They believe that the demand for furnace oil is likely to rebound till September for thermal power plants, owing to restrictive gas supplies followed by IPPs spike for electricity generation during summer, which reached by 9.1 million tons by the end of June 2008. The official spokesman Tahir Cheema deemed it proper to turn his mobile off instead of confirming the situation whereas the director public relations, Raza Siddiqi was stated to be on leave till Monday. However, the officials confirmed that all the eight electricity distribution companies of PEPCO had increased loadshedding upto 18 hours on Friday following the 7075 MW of shortfall in electricity generation. The sources said that despite the estimation of the 4500 MW shortfall of electricity generation, the Discos were trying to manage much below the govt estimates of the electricity shortfall.