Karachi: Karachi Electric Supply Company has normalized load shedding schedule in Karachi after government’s commitment to supply additional furnace oil in lieu of gas shortage and stability in the frequency of WAPDA-supplied electricity.
From Oct. 4, industrial areas have again been exempted from load shedding as has been the case for the last couple of years, while in residential and commercial areas maximum load shedding duration has been brought down to 4.5 hours a day. KESC has hoped that supply from NTDC would be stable as fluctuations in frequency may adversely affect KESC’s systems and cause interruption in stable supply to customers.
Additionally, the feeders which had been affected due to under frequency relay from NTDC during the past few days, would now be exempted from load shedding for the next couple of days as a compensation to the connected consumers.
KESC has been making all out efforts over the past week to overcome the issues of fuel short supplies and frequency fluctuation which forced the utility to increase load shedding hours on the one hand and caused very frequent tripping or shutdowns of the power generation and distribution system on the other, causing undue outages.
As a result of KESC’s hectic efforts, gas supply has been marginally increased to 190 MMCFD while NTDC has been able to stabilize power supply frequency at least for the time being. This quantum of gas is still much below the approved quota and KESC’s requirement of 276 MMCFD to run generation plants at their full capacity, therefore, KESC has sought additional supply of furnace oil which had been agreed in principal on Tuesday though formal approval to that effect is still awaited.
KESC has expressed hope that the arrangements for additional oil supply would be implemented in the larger public interest. KESC has also acknowledged and appreciated the role of minister petroleum Dr. Asim Hussain for his efforts in this regard.
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Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
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