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1,000MW more power in 24 hours: ministry

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Water and Power on Saturday conveyed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that 1000MW of power will be added to the system during the next 24 hours, reducing the load shedding duration which currently stays at up to 10 hours in many parts of the country.
According to the ministry’s report, eight-hour load shedding is being carried out in urban areas, except Islamabad and Lahore where people have to face four and six hours of outages respectively. Upto 10 hours of power cuts are being observed in rural areas of the country, the report added.
An official in the ministry told Daily Times that various power plants including KAPCO and MZG, etc, are not running to the optimal capacity. The ministry is working to ensure that these plants are utilised to the full generation capacity, the official said.
On Saturday, the total power generation stood at 11600MW against a demand of 14600MW, thus causing a shortfall of 3000MW, the official said. Power generation with thermal resources stood at 1600MW, hydel 3350MW, and IPPs generation was recorded at 6650MW.
The NTDC, meanwhile, said that IRSA has released reduced water to Terbella, whose indent was recorded at 5000 cusecs, while Mangalla indent recorded at 3000 cusecs. It said that power plants running with high speed diesel were producing 700MW of electricity, while UCh I and II power plants were generating full capacity and producing 220KV. Hubco was producing 900MW, wind generation 10MW, KAPCO 950MW, and the MZG was producing 750MW against the capacity of 950MW.

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