PM Shehbaz takes notice of power outages across country

PM Shehbaz takes notice of power outages across country

PM Shehbaz takes notice of power outages across country

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken the notice of the nationwide power outages

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken the notice of the nationwide power outages.

He has summoned an emergency meeting for tomorrow (May 28) to assess the power outage situation across the country.

During the meeting, the prime minister will receive a briefing on the current electricity supply and demand status.

He will also be updated on the measures implemented to combat power theft nationwide.

The electricity shortfall across Pakistan has surged to 5,500 megawatts, with power generation struggling to meet the national demand.

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Current electricity production stands at 20,300 megawatts, while the demand has reached approximately 26,000 megawatts, according to reliable sources.

The power generated from various sources includes 1,200MW from the Ghazi Barotha Dam, 950MW from the Mangla Dam, and 750MW from other smaller hydropower sources. Independent Power Producers contribute significantly to the national grid, with an output of 8,250MW. Additionally, nuclear power plants are generating 3,540MW.

Renewable energy sources are also part of the mix, with wind farms producing 820MW, solar power contributing 203MW, and bagasse-based power plants adding 145MW to the grid.

Despite the shortfall, the Power Division maintains that there is no scheduled load shedding in any part of the country. The division clarified that load shedding occurs only in areas where electricity theft is prevalent, losses are high, and recovery of dues is low. This targeted approach aims to mitigate the impact on areas with better compliance and payment records.

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