Pakistan Continue Power Battle

ON these news feeds we have been covering the enforced closing hours by the Pakistani government on markets, retail, industry and governmental offices, all because of a shortage in generating capacity.

The latest news from Lahore reveals that the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) informed the Lahore High Court, yesterday, that after the implementation of forced loadshedding of 1500mw had ended, as an energy conservation measure, it had helped the system provide uninterrupted electricity supply to major industrial sectors and decrease power cuts for domestic consumers.

The reply was submitted by the PEPCO Director of Load-management in a writ petition challenging unscheduled loadshedding.

The reply said there was no loadshedding for cement, textile and continuous process (i.e. sugar, fertilizers, chemical, paper & plastic) sectors while power-looms, SMEs, ghee, oil mills were still facing a 4 to 5 hour loadshedding.

For the agriculture and commercial sectors, power cuts were for eight hours but now after consultation with members of advisory committees.

Loadshedding in major cities of Punjab, like Lahore, Gujranwala Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan has now been brought down to 4-5 hours a day., while cities in the jurisdiction of Lesco were facing power cuts of 6 hours. Federal capital Islamabad is getting electricity from Iesco and faces only three hours loadshedding.

One advance as a help to businesses Justice Umar Ata Bandial, who is overseeing the case, directed PEPCO to release the loadshedding schedule on its website.

Tuesday 1st June 2010

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