Reckless load dumping in Karachi makes nights torturous for citizens – Pakistan

• Six to 12 hour outages across the city
• KE blames bottlenecks in the gas supply for the outage

Karachi: K-Electric’s recently-announced revised load-shedding schedule has brought even more suffering to people as the utility has now begun suspending electricity for hours at a time with nightly intervals in every part of the city, it was revealed Saturday.

Reports pouring in from parts of the city indicated that instead of easing load-shedding, particularly at night, load-shedding was being carried out for six to 12 hours across the city, including areas that had been declared “liberated”. from the energy supplier.

A KE official, who asked not to be named, said load shedding is being carried out equally in all parts of the city, regardless of the so-called “high and low loss areas” declared by KE.

The utility on June 30 announced “a streamlined load-shedding plan” for its customers amid ongoing power supply constraints. “The revised schedule will come into effect on July 1, 2022. This step is being taken to relieve customers suffering from night-time load shedding,” it said.

However, the city’s power crisis appears to have worsened since KE announced its revised load-shedding plan, as every location in the city has experienced its worst power outages, both day and night.

According to KE’s revised schedule, load shedding would be carried out at least four times a day, including at night, in almost all locations in the city.

Residents in areas where KE reported load shedding four times a day – one and a half hours once and one hour three times – said they experienced load shedding for over eight hours, with at least two hours at night.

They also complained that KE cut power to their respective areas for more than 12 hours every week under the pretense of maintenance work. “Every week we get a message from KE that the power supply will be cut for one day from 10am to 6pm,” said an angry resident of Anda More, north Karachi.

KE version

Meanwhile, KE said the utility shortage has increased from an average of 250 megawatts to 350 MW to nearly 450 MW to 500 MW due to rising temperatures and constrained fuel supplies.

“Also, the shortage persists 24/7, making the nightly loading shed inevitable,” he added.

The utility said it was also facing supply shortages due to reduced gas shipments from Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd, which has fallen to about 90 million cubic feet per day from the 200 MMCFD gas shipped last year.

“Consequently, two plants in the KE system, one at SITE and one at Korangi, with a combined generation of 200 MW, remain out of service. The government’s waiver of KE fees against tariff demands will allow KE to pay fuel suppliers in full and negotiate more gas,” the utility said.

A spokesman for the energy supplier said that the existing load shedding plan can be applied on a daily basis. “Power interruptions due to grid maintenance or technical failures do not equate to load shedding,” he added.

Published in Dawn, July 3, 2022

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