Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Power outage increases to 5-9 hours

Power outage increases to 5-9 hours

Islamabad—The power deficit has swelled close to 3000 MW increasing the load shedding duration across the country to 5-9 hours in the wake of low supply of fuel from Pakistan State Oil to power generation companies.

Pakistan Observer has come know through reliable and well placed sources that Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) is not being provided the required fuel to generate power plant at full scale. He said that public sector power plants are just producing 1500 MW and if the required fuel supply is provided, then the power generation will increase up to 2500 MW.

PSO is giving just 16000 tones of fuel against the required 23000 tones despite the fact Pepco has paid RS 26 billion to PSO as advance.

The official said that the main Genco, Jamshoro Power Generation Company is not working up to the mark and just generating 175 MW against its capacity of 800 MW. In addition, three power plants of 800 MW are also not working because of want of gas supply.

The Independent Power producers (IPPs) that have the capacity to generate over 7000 MW of electricity are generating just 5800 MW also because of less provision of fuel.

To a question, the official said that hydrogeneration has plummeted to just 1300 MW because of the canal closure that would at least till March 31, 2011.

As far as the fuel stock with various power houses are concerned, according to the latest document available with this scribe, the total stock stood at 23 million tones of fuel that include fuel stock with AES Lalpir enough for for1.2 days consumption. Likewise, Hubco has fuel for 3.8 days, Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco) possesses for 0.6 days and Muzzafargarh Genco has fuel stock for 13 days consumptions.
It is pertinent to mention that if compared with last year’s power deficit, the situation has remarkably improved. Last year power deficit stood at 4000 MW which decreased by over 1000 MW.

Power shortfall touches 3,000 megawatts

LAHORE  (December 29, 2010) : Electricity consumers across the country have start facing approximately five-hour daily load shedding from December 26, likely to continue until January 31 due to canal desilting campaign. The power shortfall recorded during last 24 hours stood at 3000MW, inching up fast with diminishing hydel resources due to canal desilting campaign. Power generation remained 10015MW against a demand of 12931MW.

Hydel generation was recorded at 2565MW, against 1546MW through thermal, 5842MW through IPPs and 62MW through RPPs. Supply to the KESC remained 690MW. It may be noted that the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) Managing Director, Rasul Khan Mahsud had announced new schedule of load shedding last Friday. He had assured that there would not be any unscheduled load shedding and the company would soon announce the detailed schedule. Last year, there had been 4,500 MW electricity shortfall, however, this year it would not exceed from 1,500MW, he added.

He had informed that the Pepco had paid Rs 26 billion to PSO, while the company had Rs 33 billion more in hand for payment to PSO in order to get better supply of furnace oil for thermal production in coming month. "Pepco has been assured of better fuel supply from Pakistan State Oil, he maintained."

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