No load shedding during Sehar, Iftar and Taraveeh

KARACHI: Karachi Electric Supply Company has decided not to carry out load shedding during Sehar, Iftar and Taraveeh timings during the holy month of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak, after assurances by Gas Company to provide adequate gas and from the government to pay part of outstanding dues.

During the Holy month of Ramadan, there will be no load shedding in residential and commercial areas from 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM to facilitate the citizens during Iftar and Taraveeh, and then from 02:00 AM to 07:00 AM during Sehar.

The decision has been taken in view of the supply of 220 MMCFD of natural gas from SSGC to KESC’s power generating plants and a commitment from the gas company that it would continue to provide the same volume of gas during Ramzan on regular basis. The current peak demand of electricity in the City has touched highest mark of 2750 megawatts and 220 MMCFD at required pressure is the minimum volume of gas that KESC would need to maintain the present load shedding schedule.

Government entities have also assured the power utility about payment of outstanding dues. It may be recalled here that KESC had recently appealed to Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to pay at least Rs. 10 billion of the total outstanding amount of Rs. 77 billion so as to enable the power entity to exempt residential and commercial consumers during Sehar, Iftar and Taraveeh timing.