Smog effect: Islamabad power firm resumes load-shedding
November 06 2017 11:44 PM
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Commuters drive their vehicles through heavy smog in Islamabad yesterday.

Internews/Islamabad

Despite Pakistani government’s claims that scheduled power cuts would end across the country by November, a sudden wave of loadshedding has begun once again, inconveniencing residents of the capital and other areas under the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco).
Residents have been facing four to six hours of daily loadshedding, leading many to once again use UPS systems.
Residents who had disposed of their UPS machines are also considering repurchasing them.
An Iesco representative said the power cuts began due to a sudden shortfall of electricity.
The representative claims that smog has also played a role in the power supply breakage, but the situation would be under control within a week and the power cuts would stop.
An Iesco representative said the region’s electricity requirement ranges between 1,100 and 1,200MW.
He said during some hours, there is a shortage of 300MW, which drops to 200MW by evening.
“There is no shortage of electricity in the night. During busy hours, we manage the load by loadshedding and after that supply is restored across the region. The lower power generation is due to various reasons so the demand and supply gap is managed,” he said.
He added: “The Energy Division and Iesco authorities are closely monitoring the situation, and load shedding will be stopped as soon as the demand and supply gap improves.”
The official said the smog had increased humidity in the air, and so also becomes a reason for tripping in grid stations.
He hoped that the power cuts would be stopped completely after a week, as the production of electricity will be increased.



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