Power demand reaches record high of 30,154MW amid 10-hour loadshedding
Pakistan’s power demand on June 24 reached a record 30154 MW, however transmission constraints led to only 22000MW being transmitted to the consumers, causing loadshedding in rural areas for up to 10 hours.
According to a tweet by the Federal Minister for Power Division, Khurram Dastagir, power demand reached new records for the second consecutive day. The minister did not mention the country’s electricity generation on June 24, but said the demand was 30,154 MW.
On June 23, there was a demand of 30089MW. According to the minister, loadshedding is only three hours or less on 90 percent of feeders with good bill recovery and low losses. According to the minister, electricity companies are ready to resolve complaints 24 hours a day. Loadshedding occurs on 353 feeders for more than four hours and on 7514 feeders for less than four hours, according to the minister. The loadshedding on 7063 feeders is less than three hours, according to Khurram Dastgir. He said there was loadshedding on 4024 feeders for up to two hours. Loadshedding is taking place on 2376 feeders within one hour. Power supply in the country was around 22,000 megawatts while electricity demand reached 30,154 megawatts. A shortfall in electricity has led to power outages in urban areas lasting four to six hours and in rural areas lasting eight to ten hours.
Power distribution companies (Discos) were in violation of government directives not to charge consumers for transformer repair costs. For the repair of transformers, Peshawar Electric Supply Company has charged Rs2500 per house in Rahat Abad, Peshawar, on June 23. One resident of the area told The Nation that PESCO charged Rs2500 per house around 100. Locals are spending around Rs250000 on repairing a transformer. There is no indication that the money is going to PESCO’s account or the pockets of the company’s local employees.