Pakistan’s electricity crisis continues

Pakistan’s electric power deficit has continued to rise, reaching a 5000 MW shortfall in the national grid.
A spokesman for Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) said last week, electricity generation totalled 13 240 MW, while demand peaked at 18 065 MW.
Some parts of the country, such as Balochistan, face 16 hours of load shedding per day. While the Lahore Electricity Supply Company is conducting 12-14 hours unscheduled load shedding in its area due, it said, to faulty transmission lines.
Some independent power producers have also stopped the supply of electricity because of non-payment of dues from PEPCO, while others are not producing due to fuel supply issues.
Power experts suggest there will be further electricity crises in the country in the near future. However, the newly appointed general manager of PEPCO, Ijaz Qureshi, said the situation would soon be under control.
He said the Chashma and Narowal power plants would soon add 5000 MW of generation capacity, although he did not to state exactly when that would be.
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