Loadshedding in country to be controlled as water situation improves: Ali

Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Syed Ali Zafar Tuesday said power load-shedding would be controlled by the end of June and July onwards, as the weather and water situation in dams were improving considerably.

Addressing a press conference here flanked by Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar, he said reasons for loadshedding were lesser water in dams, change in demand and supply situation, transmission problems and electricity theft.

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The minister said the installed electricity capacity was 28,000 megawatt, while load-shedding in previous days was due to a repair of plants, load on the transmission system and low water level in dams. The weather has an effect as electricity demand peaks in the months of June and July and decreases in December, he added.

At the beginning of June, the hydel power production came down from 6000 to 3000 megawatt, 1200 megawatt Port Qasim Power plant developed the fault, the load on transmission lines affected the grid stations and 1000 megawatt Biloki power station stopped operation that led to the spike in load-shedding, he said.

Presently, the demand was at 23000 to 24000 megawatt against the supply of 21000 to 22000 megawatt. The load-shedding should not be too much when the shortfall was of about 2000 megawatt, he said.

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