Friday, December 17, 2010

Loadshedding intensifies as shortfall increases

Loadshedding intensifies as shortfall increases

LAHORE  (December 17, 2010) : Domestic consumers witnessed unscheduled load shedding of two to three hours with electricity shortfall increasing to 957MW. Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) and Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) authorities, however, blamed constraints in the grid stations for power breakdowns in the country.

On Thursday, citizens witnessed two to three-hour load shedding in Samanabad, Chungi Amar Sidhu, Ferozepur Raod, Gawalmandi, Qilla Gujar Singh and Johar Town areas. Pepco sources said the problem occurred when oil tankers could not reach their destination due to some issues with Pakistan State Oil, and annual congregation being held in Raiwind.

They also said power cuts resulted from local constraints and problems in the grid stations or breakers, 'which could not be termed as load shedding'. According to sources, load-shedding would restart after December 26 when hydel generation is almost zero and canals remain closed.

On the other hand, Lesco Media Director, Javed Khan said that no load shedding is carried out in their jurisdiction. Meanwhile, power generation during the last 24 hours stood at 11,209MW against a demand of 12,166MW. Pepco sources said power generation through hydel resources was recorded at 5,215MW, thermal 974MW, IPPs 4,958MW and RPPs 62MW. Power supply to KESC remained above 700MW.

LAHORE, (SANA): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the people of the Punjab are thinking that the federal government by starting unannounced load shedding of gas in the province is hating conspiracy against people of Punjab.

He said that due to the load shedding of gas the industry of the province has been totally closed, adding that it will cause in increase of unemployment and price hike

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