Thursday, November 17, 2011

KESC Woes from Extended Load shedding Hours to Malpractices

The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) on Wednesday almost doubled loadshedding hours for domestic consumers after many of its plants tripped. Reasons?: 'unexpected drop in gas pressure at its generation plants', ‘shortage of fuel supply to power generation plants’, and ‘non-supply of power from KANUPP and other independent power plants’.

The increased loadshedding came without a prior notice to consumers, who suffered outages of up to eight hours divided into several spells. Power suspension was carried out even at night — after midnight and before dawn. The company has asked Federal Government to help avert power crisis in the country's financial capital.

Country's largest chamber, the KCCI has warned KESC that industrialists wont pay the electricity bills if the power cuts extended to Industrial areas of Karachi located at the fringes.

KESC asks NEPRA for adjustment of Rs 54m from Agreeko for service charges for April 2011, whereas Agreeko did not generate a single megawatt after March 2011, while KESC attempted to serve a false picture before the authority with the help of off-beam statements and statistics to acquire the increase in power tariff for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010-11.


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