Power supply situation discussed

September 3, 2012

A high level meeting at Governor House here on Sunday decided to constitute a committee comprising representatives of ministries of Finance and Water and Power to devise a strategy, in next one week, after assessing the capacity of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) for power generation and its requirements including fuel needs.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and Federal Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar who presided over the meeting said that the top priority of the government was to ensure supply and availability of electricity in all parts of the country.

They said that there were fears that water level might fall in the dams ahead of winter season and this would affect power generation in the country. Therefore, it was the duty of the government as well as its organisations concerned to take precautionary measures. This meeting will help in devising a better planning for overcoming these apprehensions.

Top bosses of Ministries of Finance, Water and Power, CEO KESC were also present on the occasion. Both Governor and Minister for Water and Power vowed to resolve the issue of circular debt with the support of federal government as soon as possible to improve the financial health of energy organisations and their performance.

They noted that power demand has been rising with the surge in development activities and new projects in the country, especially in Karachi. There is a need to cater to their demands by enhancing the power generation capacity of KESC, they added.

They assured that the government will continue to extend support to KESC for the solution of the problems facing the utility company in the city. At the same time, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources continue to enhance gas availability so that power units running on gas should get the required quantity.

Lauding the performance of KESC, they advised utility company to ensure to run its plant on full capacity and this surplus production should be transferred to national grid so it can be supply to power deficit parts of the country.

They said that government would extend all possible help to KESC for running its those plants which were closed down for want of gas.