Shehbaz Sharif, the country’s prime minister, ordered the end of load shedding by May 1. While chairing a high-level emergency meeting organized to handle the country’s current electrical situation, the premier issued these directives.
He stated that people should not be inconvenienced by load shedding in the summer and instructed the competent authorities to build a seamless and long-term fuel supply method for power plants.
He was looking for a long-term strategy to stop power distribution firms from losing money. The prime minister also urged concerned authorities to secure an uninterrupted supply of diesel to farmers in order for them to run agricultural machinery, and he stated that the district administration in rural regions should assure diesel availability.
There are a total of twenty power plants in operation.
The meeting delegates were informed that 20 of the 27 power plants that had been shut down for more than a year are now operational, resulting in enhanced electricity generation.
The total power generation capacity has surpassed 18,000 megawatts (MW). However, there is a 500-2,500 MW shortage.
The guests were informed that the previous government had failed to assure the timely supply of fuel to operate the powerhouses, and that one of the causes of load shedding was criminal negligence in powerhouse repair and maintenance.
According to available data on power generation, Pakistan produces roughly 18,000 MW of energy while experiencing a 2,500 MW shortfall.
According to Ministry of Energy sources, load shedding is currently taking place in rural areas for 8-10 hours and in urban areas for 5-7 hours.
They went on to say that LNG-fired plants are only getting 500 MMCFD RLNG compared to their need of 690 MMCFD, causing the National Power Control Centre (NPCC) to run furnace oil-fired facilities, which are much more expensive to run than natural gas and RLNG-based plants.
The Tarbela and Mangla dams, for example, generate electricity based on river flows, and both reservoirs are at dead level. According to the sources, hydel generating accounts for 3,600 MW of the total installed capacity of over 8,000 MW.