KARACHI: With the power shortfall surging to 7,674 megawatts, Pakistanis face prolonged hours of loadshedding.
Pakistan’s electricity demand and supply is as follows:
- Total demand: 29,900MW
- Total power generated: 22,226MW
Power generation distribution:
- Hydro-power: 5,625MW
- Government thermal plants: 1,327MW
- Independent Power Producers (IPPs): 11,500MW
- Wind power plants: 1,235MW
- Solar power plants: 122MW
Urban areas are facing anywhere from 6-18 hours of unannounced loadshedding, while rural areas face around 18 hours of power outages.
Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh has hinted at nationalising the sole power provider in Karachi, K-Electric, saying that the provincial government has taken notice of the prolonged loadshedding.
Shaikh said in a media briefing that the Sindh government has ordered the K-Electric management to provide the loadshedding schedule. “K-Electric is claiming that only announced load-shedding is being done for 7-8 hours [in Karachi].”
Protests over loadshedding are taking place across Pakistan as power outages and sweltering heatwaves have made lives miserable.