KESC can’t use power beyond 650 MW limit: Minister

KESC can’t use power beyond 650 MW limit: Minister

kesISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power, Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali has warned the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) that it cannot use more than 650 MW from the national grid.

Speaking to the media after receiving a briefing at the National Power Construction Company (NPCC), the State Minister directed the authorities to disconnect every single MW of power supply to KESC exceeding the 650 MW limit.

Abid Sher Ali added KESC, which during peak hours was using up to 720 MW had caused losses in the millions to the government of Pakistan.

Abid Sher Ali claimed that KESC was guilty of several irregularities and directed authorities to conduct an audit of not only the KESC but also NPCC.

Abid Sher Ali said about 150 to 200 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid by the end of this month.

He said several initiatives have been taken to produce cheap electricity which, include the hydel and wind energy projects.

He said diesel powered plants are being converted to coal which will help bring down the cost of production of electricity.

He warned that the connection of Karachi Electric Supply Company will be cut if it tried to take additional electricity from the system.

The KESC can only take six hundred and fifty megawatt of electricity from the system. He said a letter will be written to Sindh government against irregularities of the KESC.

He said that the audit of the accounts of the KESC would be conducted and if irregularities were found the responsible would be brought to book. He said if KESC takes even one megawatt additional electricity it costs millions of rupees to government and it also causes damage to the industry of country.

Meanwhile KESC Spokesman Osama Qureshi told a private TV channel that the minister had been misinformed and the company had never purchased more than 650 MW from the national grid.

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