Electricity load shedding situation brought under control says Minister for Water and Power

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The Pakistani minister for water and power Naveed Qamar told the media last night that they have to some extent controlled the load shedding situation and the production is brought to 12400 Megawatts (MW) from the 9000 MW which was being produced before. By the way, does someone did not told minister that the production was down to just 7500 MW, same thing had caused the worst short fall of history.

Minister Naveed Qamar also claimed that the production will be back to 14000 MW within next 48 hours. I personally doubt that, as about same is the requirement of country’s power requirement, considering the load shedding which had been there from long time without any pauses, you can tell that the full of required power’s amount had not been produced from long time. So how suddenly the minister can claim that they will suddenly be producing the full amount of required electricity.

If they do succeed in that, then why after people woke up and came up with protests. Why it did not happened. By the way the production capability of much more than 14000 MW is already there in Pakistan, according to government’s own released documents Pakistan have capability of producing 19500 MW. Then why just the one third of required electricity amount was being generated.

As government came up with excuses like supply of Oil to power plants and circular dept. If we see closely the issues are just the same but thing to understand here is that these problems are produced by government itself or just by their mismanagement. The oil provider PSO is government entity, as well as the biggest defaulters of PEPCO are also government entities like province governments themselves, which contribute to circular dept. So if government would have been serious or competent enough, they must have took steps to improve the communication between its departments like PSO and PEPCO  as well as its water management authorities. Secondly, they would have taken the steps to perform the recoveries from the big fishes like departments of government itself to improve the circular dept situation.

If communication between these departments would have been better than, PSO never would have stopped the oil supply triggering the worst load shedding of history, also water authorities would have released the enough water when it was required by the PEPCO’s production entities. By the way if government would have coped with the circular dept situation on time then none of those problems would have been there.

Lets see if government still gets able to produce the required 14000 MW for now but to me this claim by Naveed Qamar the minister seems like just the empty claim, like the ones which have been coming from same government in 2009, then 2010.

Bottom line, without addition of new power production plants, still Pakistan have capability to produce much more electrical power than required one, if some problems are there, they are just on managerial level and are only due to the incompetence of authorities. Pakistani people deserve to be given the uninterrupted electrical power, which this government is not being able to provide but they better do something about it soon.

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Wapda is to mass disconnect power connections

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Minister of Water and Power have chaired a meeting on Wednesday, 21st Sep. Heads of all power distribution companies, which operate under Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO), participated in the meeting. Meeting was intended for reviewing the running/circular dept and recoveries situation of power distributors.

Minister advised to mass disconnect the connections of consumers who are on default from last 60 or more days. He also advised to recover all the running debt in next 30 days. Running debt means when a certain consumer did not payed any full or partial charges with the approval of any of Power distribution company.

It was further told that if a certain Power distribution company will not be able to act accordingly in given time, they may have their contract canceled.

Current circular debt of PEPCO have reached Rs. 300 billion, this directly impacts the electricity consumers who are paying regularly in terms of load-shedding and the increased tariff. It was good initiative by minister to bring all kind of debts down.

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PEPCO unable to recover Rs 63 billion dues from last year

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Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) was unable to the recover Rs 62.9 billion Rs last year against amounts which were billed to its consumers. This amount added to the circular dept and will have an impact on the electricity consumers who actually pay their dues regularly.

Such unpaid dept contribute to the devalue an organization and such thing happened in financial year 2010-2o11. PEPCO was able to make some old recoveries but this Rs 63 billion of un-recovered amount is finally going to impact the household consumers of electricity, who are already mostly paying their bills regularly.

Circular Dept and line losses are the biggest problems of PEPCO which ultimately contribute to the increasing load-shedding which electricity consumers have to face. Circular dept of PEPCO already crossed 301 billion and increasing at ironical pace, all impact of this will be on people of Pakistan.

Reason for these recoveries not being done on time and increasing circular dept is told as their is no one in charge of finances at PEPCO and a very important position in this regard is vacant. Then again the “Ministry of Water and Power” have to appoint someone on that position but we are just witnessing another case of negligence from current administration of this country.

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Electicity load shedding in Pakistan intensifies in summer 2011

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Summer 2011 is just starting and electricity load shedding in Pakistan already started to intensify. Power load shedding of 12 hours is already in place in many areas of country, PEPCO claimed that electricity short fall is 2500 Mega Watts (MW) already. We are just into April, May at the moment as we head towards the more hotter months of summer like June, July and August the electricity shortfall is going to reach 6000 MW or even above. Real long hours of load shedding is expected in coming months.

Already we are experiencing the worst load shedding of history of Pakistan, now question comes in mind “who is responsible for all of this?”. Before we conclude lets have a look on some facts related to the issue.

Its a known fact that along with house hold consumers the Industry of Pakistan is effected badly due to load shedding. Putting the production of very much critical goods in jeopardy. But the DG PEPCO (Pakistan Electric Power Company) while talking to a private TV channel evening talk show on 25th of April denied the fact that Load Shedding ever effected any Industry of Pakistan. Also he confirmed that load shedding will increase in coming days if supply of oil and gas is not restored to full required level.

DG PEPCO also said we need to put more load on consumer, only that way we can get around the issue of load shedding. According to him they are giving Rs. 2 plus subsidy to people and need to finish it and bring price to more than 9 Rs per unit from current 7.05 for house hold consumers. Also DG PEPCO blamed on the line losses and few defaulters the cause of load shedding. While it was discussed that President house is one of the defaulters of PEPCO, he tried to defend the ruling party (Pakistan Peoples Party).

If we look into this once again, not just a feeling but putting forward the fact like “who have to make sure oil is supplied to the PEPCO” also “who have to make sure the support of gas to PEPCO” and also “who have to facilitate the PEPCO to look forward into alternate/clean energy sources like Thermal/Solar energy”, the only entity responsible for all of this is Government of Pakistan.

The party in power which calls it self the “Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ” seems to do nothing. Either its provision of Oil and gas to the PEPCO or the future planning and thinking about opting the alternate energy sources like Thermal and Solar energy, this party is doing nothing but is just silent spectator of bad situation of People of Pakistan. BTW PPP seems to do nothing on any of project which interests people of Pakistan.

According the to PEPCO they can’t give any time line when they will be able to cope with the issue of electricity, in fact they are not sure even it will ever happen. Rightly so, when the party in power is not concerned about condition of people and doing nothing on its end, then Newton’s first law comes in, telling us, some one have got to do this, this will never happen itself.

Chances of current party in Power (PPP) being elected in next elections are slim looking at the situation Pakistan have been in their power period, and they better be, as we need people in power who really work for the country and not just come up with lame promises.

If you are any official of PPP reading this post time, you are still holding all the cards, you would want to be elected in next election (won’t you?), well if yes, you better do it and better do it fast, for your own self, for your own coming generations and for your country.

Long live Pakistan and may Allah solve the problems of this great nation called “Pakistanis”.