Floods lead to large power shortfalls

Published: August 10, 2010

Soldiers use a loader to rescue Lal Pir Thermal Power employees during flooding in Lal Pir on August 7, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The overall electricity shortfall in the country increased to a staggering 4,301 megawatts on Tuesday as flash floods led to the closure of several power plants.

Gas supply to around eight power plants was also suspended and the country currently is facing unscheduled power outages.

Power generation has dropped to 11,859 megawatts whereas demand stands at 16,160 megawatts, while Pepco officials said 680 megawatts are being supplied to the KESC.

Electricity generation from hydal power plants is 6,011 megawatts,  thermal is 1,268 megawatts, IPPs 4,480 megawatts and rental power projects are producing 100 megawatts.

Water and Power Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said the electricity infrastructure of the country has been severely damaged and the government has requested World Bank to provide financial support to restore it.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Ashraf said several under construction power plants have been inundated while gas supply to the plants from Qadirpur Oil Field has also been suspended.

A special task force has been established to assess damages in the sector.

A conservative estimate shows Pepco has suffered Rs4 billion in losses because of devastating floods.

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