Leghari announces uplifting of load-shedding on 5,297 feeders

Staff Report
ISLAMABAD: Power division minister Sardar Awais Leghari on Sunday announced, in an official statement, the lifting of load-shedding on 5,297 feeders with 14,915,221 (149.15 million) consumers across the country from today.

According to details, the 1,227 feeders in lahore electric supply company (LESCO), 748 feeders in Gujranwala electric power company (GEPCO), 896 feeders in Faisalabad electric supply company (FESCO), 204 feeders in Hyderabad electric supply company (HESCO), 24 feeders in Sukkur electric power company (SEPCO), 61 feeders in Quetta electric supply company (QESCO), 710 Feeders in Islamabad electric supply company (IESCO), 763 feeder in Multan electric power company (MEPCO), 309 feeders in Peshawar electric supply company (PESCO) and 29 feeders in tribal areas electricity supply company (TESCO) will be made load-shedding free from today.

Leghari announced the same on Saturday in a press conference adding that Pakistan has now surplus power generation of up to 2,700 megawatts (MW) therefore decision has been made to lift load-sheding on 5,297 feeders.

He said that these includes 326 feeders, which are under the permissible losses as well as 4,971 feeders of up to 10 percent losses above the national electric power regulatory authority (NEPRA) allowed losses.

Leghari announced to abolish the urban and rural differentiation for load-shedding in order to ensure equal distribution of electricity among the consumers.

He said that this is major leap towards fulfilment of the promise by the present government for elimination of load-shedding in the country. He said that since the country is now generating sufficient electricity due to efforts made by the present government, it is now time to gradually bringing the load-shedding to an end.

While speaking about the scenario in 2013, Leghari said that In December 2013 the electricity generation was 9,279 MW, while system demand was 11,799 MW and even in December we were had a shortfall of 2,520 MW leading to 8 to 10 hours of load shedding.

He added that this year our electricity generation availability in December 2017, has been increased by 7,465 MW to the level of 16,477 MW with a surplus of 2,727 MW against a demand of 14,017 MW.

He said that Pakistan has moved from shortfall to surplus and also has been able to meet the growing/ increased demand of 2,218 MW during month of December.

Leghari said that many of the country’s power generation projects of approximately 4,000 MW are in various stages of completion and will start generation before coming summer in 2018.

He said that during the summer 2017 (this year), our system generation availability reached to the record level of 20,000 MW in peak summer against a demand of 24,000 MW. We are on track to produce more than 25,000 MW in the year 2018 with the completion of all projects, he asserted.

Leghari continued, in the official statement, that feeders where the losses are above 10 percent, the power distribution companies (DISCOS) will carry load-shedding proportionate to the percentage of losses.

He however said that consumers of these feeders may cooperate with the concerned distribution company to reduce the losses and bring their load-shedding to zero. He said that now the country has electricity generation above the system demand, we are trying our best to bring as much areas under zero load-shedding as possible.

Leghari reiterated that government from very first day made it clear that in high losses areas we have to resort to load-shedding even if we have surplus electricity generation.

He said that we are trying to inculcate habit of compliance among the consumers besides taking stringent decisions for our own staff at DISCOS level. The electricity can neither be generated nor distributed free of cost so we have to eliminate the power theft and all other means contributing towards losses in the system.

Leghari said that the DISCOS have been assigned targets to bring down losses of all feeders presently on above 50 percent to 90 percent losses to the level of 50 percent. Similarly these DISCOS have been assigned the targets to bring losses at below 50 percent down to 10 percent and 20 percent.

He said that the DISCOS will utilise all means including incentivising the line staff and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in order to bring the losses to acceptable level. He said that the board of directors (BODs) of DISCOs have already been asked to conduct special meeting to approve special incentives for the staff and LEAs in order to reduce losses and bring more and more areas under zero load-shedding.

We are appealing the consumers to cooperate with us for elimination of load-shedding in their respective areas, pay their bills in time, install meters, identify the theft so that their areas may be made load-shedding free, Leghari concluded.