Karachi, June 16: Karachi Electric Supply Company, has clarified that there has been no change of any sort in its scheduled load shed plan across the city. It was further stated that despite the power demand now surging well in excess of the 2500 MW mark, the load shed regime remains unchanged since the past 6 months.
However during the past 24 hours, consumers in certain areas have been facing intermittent power outages on account of disruptions at the connected Grid Stations brought about due to the unstable frequency being recieved via the NTDC system; the National Grid. In part, to meet the approx 2600 MW daily electricity demand of the metropolitan, KESC purchases 650MW of power from the national grid - NTDC; which is currently facing a massive power shortfall countrywide.
Due to this shortfall in the NTDC system, the power supply to KESC vide the supply arrangement with them has become vulnerable to frequency disruptions, currently inherent to the national grid. This consistently unstable supply from the NTDC system has affected power supply to a number of areas across the city. Grids frequently effected by these frequency disruptions are Airport 1, Airport 2, Azizabad, Baldia, Fedearal B, Garden, Johar, Jacoblines, Korangi South, Lyari, Maymar, North Karachi, Orangi Town, Surjani and Valika. These frequency disruptions are not only causing KESC's consumers inconvenience, but infact is also putting severe stress on KESC's own distribution network as well. Inconsistent and sudden frequency operations through NTDC, routed to KESC's Grid Stations is leading to excessive wear and tear of expensive distribution equipment.
KESC realizes the inconvenience being faced by its esteemed customers and is currently liaising with NTDC to address this unexpected development. 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.