Power shortfall surges to 5,000 megawatts mark

September 5, 2012

Power shortfall has surged to 5,000 MW in a highly humid weather in the country, leaving the consumers in a terrible state of affairs at large. It may be noted that demand for power stayed at 17,540 MW against supply of 12,996 MW, brining total shortfall to 4,500 MW in the system.

It is worth noting that power shortfall has been below 4,000 MW for last few weeks with minor improvement in fuel supply to the independent power producers. However, an increase in the oil prices has cut fuel supply to thermal units and shortfall has started approaching fast at abnormal level.

This increase in power shortfall has led to power outage after every alternate hour in urban areas whereas power shortfall in rural areas has crossed 20 hours a day. The industrial consumers are not sure when they would be facilitated with exemption from loadshedding, as promised by the government before the holy month of Ramazan.