3,000MW power shortfall in Pakistan: Khawaja Asif


ISLAMABAD: Addressing the National Assembly on Wednesday, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif said that there is a power shortfall of almost 3,000 megawatts in Pakistan.


The minister also said that Karachi Electric (KE) was responsible for providing electricity to Sindh and not the federal government.

Giving a brief overview of the performance of Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) across the country, the minister said the total national power generation as of Wednesday morning stood at 13,144 megawatt, while the total demand of power supply clocked in at 16,645 megawatt.

The minister said that from July 2014 to April 2015, Gujranwala Electric Power Company’s (Gepco) billing stood at 98.4 per cent, while losses were 9.8pc, adding that it was 7pc less as compared to National Electric Power Regulatory Authority’s (Nepra) overall losses.

Asif said Multan Electric Power Company’s (Mepco) billing was 100pc during the period under review, adding that Faisalabad Electric Supply Company’s (Fesco) billing also stood at 100pc.

He further said Lahore Electric Supply Company’s (Lesco) billing is 98.2pc whereas Islamabad Electric Supply Company’s (Iesco) is 89.2pc.

The minister said the losses in Islamabad were due to Afghan refugees who had established several slums and were also involved in incidents of power theft. He said that two Iesco employees had spotted power theft sometime ago, and had initiated action against the accused persons but were shot dead.