PM Shahbaz Wants Loadshedding to End by May 1

PM Shahbaz Wants Loadshedding to End by May 1 in 2022.

Loadshedding in the country will be ended by May 1, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The premier issued these directives while chairing a high-level emergency meeting convened to discuss the country’s current electricity crisis.

He stated that people should not be inconvenienced by load shedding during the summer. He directed the relevant authorities to develop a smooth and sustainable mechanism for supplying fuel to power plants.

He was looking for a long-term solution to the losses of loss-making power distribution companies. The prime minister also directed the relevant authorities to ensure an uninterrupted supply of diesel to farmers for them to operate agricultural machinery, and he stated that the district administration in rural areas should ensure diesel availability.

Twenty Power Plants Operational

The meeting attendees were informed that 20 of the 27 powerhouses that had been shut down for more than a year are now operational, resulting in increased power generation.

The total capacity of power generation has risen to 18,000 MW. However, there is a 500-2,500 MW shortfall.

The attendees were informed that the previous government had not ensured the timely provision of fuel to operate the powerhouses. One of the causes of load shedding was criminal negligence in powerhouse repair and maintenance.

Shortfall Data

According to available data on power generation, Pakistan produces approximately 18,000 MW of energy while experiencing a shortage of up to 2,500 MW.

According to Ministry of Energy sources, load shedding is currently taking place for 8-10 hours in rural areas and 5-7 hours in urban areas.

They also stated that the LNG-fired plants are only receiving 500 MMCFD RLNG against a demand of 690 MMCFD, causing the National Power Control Centre (NPCC) to operate oil-fired furnace plants, which are much more expensive to operate than natural gas and RLNG-based plants.

Power generation from hydroelectric sources such as the Tarbela and Mangla dams is dependent on river flows, and both reservoirs are at dead levels. According to the sources, hydel generation contributes 3,600 MW out of a total installed capacity of over 8,000 MW.

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