Karachi: Karachi Electric Supply Company has been maintaining its schedule of 3 to 6 hours of load shedding in the residential and commercial areas of the city since the last 3 days, commensurate with the slight improvement in the gas supply from Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC).
However on Saturday a number of grid stations across the city were affected due to a supply side issue from National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) system. In part, to meet about 2500MW daily electricity demand of the metropolitan, KESC purchases power from the national grid – NTDC, which is currently facing a massive power shortfall of over 7,000 MW countrywide.
Due to this unprecedented nationwide shortfall, the supply arrangement with NTDC to the KESC system has also suffered frequent interruptions in the power supply frequency, throughout the day. This low ‘operating frequency’ from the NTDC system has affected supply to few areas across the city.
Grids frequently effected by these disruptions are North Karachi, Orangi , Liaquatabad, Old Town, Defence, Federal B, Gulshan, Korangi Town, Jacob Lines, Queens road, North Nazimabad, Airport.
Although in light of the current situation, KESC has reduced its intake from NTDC to as low as 300 MW to stabilise the frequency, but is waiting from the NTDC end to achieve system stability.
KESC once again appeals to the Govt to increase its gas supply so that correspondingly the reliance on the national grid can be reduced. In the greater interest of its customers, KESC is currently working on addressing this unexpected development and it is hoped that with the stabilization in the supply frequency from NTDC, the situation will be brought back to normal at the earliest possible.
For more information, contact:
Assistant Manager, Media and PR
Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
2nd Floor, State Life Building No 11, Abdullah Haroon Road, Saddar, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9920 7163
Cell: +92346 822 3641