KESC warned with power supply shutdown if exceeds 650 MW quota

ISLAMABAD: The National Power Control Center (NPC) on Thursday was directed to disconnect power supply to Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) if it exceeded its allocated quota of 650 MW.

After visiting the NPC, Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali told media persons, he had directed the power control center to write a letter to the KESC, warning to face shutdown if it drew even a single Mega Watt (MW) of power supply more than its allocated quota of 650 MW.

He directed for publishing the same warning in an advertisement through print media, adding the Chief Minister Sindh, Chief Secretary Sindh and Inspector General of Police of the province should also be intimated through a copy of the letter to be brace for a law and order problem, if arouse in its wake.

He regretted that KESC had violated the agreement for many times by drawing upto 700 MW and described it as discrimination with other sectors including industrial that had been starving for power supply.

He also directed for submitting a report comprising record for the last six months to asses as to how much losses had been caused by the KESC to the national kitty.

He said National Transmission Despatched Company (NTDC) and KESC would be put to third party audit to rectify their problems and ensure transparency in the entire power system.

He said the government was taking solid measures to overcome power shortage and 200 MW would be added to the power system by the October end.

Similarly, diesel-run power plants would be put on coal, adding efforts were under way to build dams and generate wind and hydel power in order to provide cheaper electricity to the masses.

He said smart metering system was being introduced to overcome power theft cases and added in 98 percent feders were in KPK in losses due to the theft issues.

Earlier, General Manager Syed Saleem Akhtar briefed about the NPC function and system, adding it monitored the power supply system round the clock.

The minister expressed dismay that 2500 MW to PESCO and Kepco was handled manually by the center.

The GM said that difference between supply and demand stood at around 3500 MW while the total installed capacity from the three sources including hydel, IPPs and Gencos was 20,765 MW and they produced 18,752 MW, he added.