Power supply will improve in 24 hours, says energy minister

Life in Karachi continued to be miserable on Wednesday due to endless power outages as K-Electric failed to meet the city’s power needs.

Many areas reported up to 6 p.m. of announced and unannounced load shedding. North Karachi, Surjani City, Shadman City, Buffer Zone, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Lyari, Saddar, Malir, Landhi, Korangi, DHA, Clifton, Boat Basin, Ibrahim Hyderi, II Chundrigar Road and Shah Faisal Town are facing severe crisis.

KE said that despite financial constraints, it made another payment of 500 million rupees to the Sui Southern Gas Company on Wednesday, bringing the total payment to 6 billion rupees in June.

Meanwhile, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Sheikh said on Wednesday that the load shedding problems would improve over the next 24 hours. He, Labor Minister Saeed Ghani and others held a meeting with KE officials, who were told the government would face no pressure from the power company.

KE consumers continued to suffer on Wednesday, however. A journalist living in Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-D said her power bank and laptop battery died due to continuous power outages. She said she had no choice but to go to a nearby restaurant to do her job. “We buy expensive fuel to run our generators, but for how long? These blackouts are endless.

DHA resident Fatima Batool said she had to switch to WhatsApp audio calls for her group meetings because her laptop battery died and she couldn’t even charge her phones. “Shedding hours have increased dramatically and life has become miserable.”

Government-KE meeting

Sheikh summoned the senior management of KE on the orders of the Chief Minister to discuss the deteriorating power situation. Sheikh told KE officials that law and order was disrupted due to severe power cuts in Karachi.

Lawmakers who attended the meeting also expressed dissatisfaction with KE’s performance and demanded a clear strategy to end load shedding. KE CEO Moonis Alvi explained to them the causes of the lack of power and load shedding.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Sheikh said that due to load shedding it is not possible to supply water to different areas, for which orders have been issued to set up a cell in the energy department.

Power Utility Version

KE said in a statement that despite ongoing financial difficulties, it continues to make payments to its fuel suppliers, adding that KE’s senior management briefed the meeting with government officials on the challenges facing the utility. is facing, in particular the rise in the cost of fuels for the production of electricity. .

“KE continues to face severe cash constraints amid rising fuel costs and delays in the release of TDS [tariff differential subsidies] of the federal government, which was also underlined during meetings with the provincial Minister of Energy and representatives of political parties.

KE said the Minister and representatives of political parties were also aware of the increased demand and supply gap due to soaring temperatures as well as the shortage of imported fuel for the production of electricity.

“They were further informed that due to the non-supply of native gas, two power plants in KE’s fleet capable of 200 megawatts have remained non-operational for the past few months. As the deficit persists 24 hours a day, the utility is forced to carry out load shedding even during night hours.

Shedding light on the power supply situation, KE said that in the past 24 hours, the city’s average power supply was 2,850 MW, including an average supply of 1,000 MW from the grid. national.

Alan A. Seibert