Pakistan has been gripped by a severe energy crisis with country’s electricity shortfall reportedly reaching 6,000 megawatts (MW) mark.
Various areas across Pakistan have been subjected to unannounced power cuts and prolonged loadshedding as the electricity demand has surged to 25,000 MW with current power generation limited at 19,000 MW – hence creating a shortfall of 6,000 MW.
Urban areas, cities are witnessing 6-8 hours of loadshedding, whereas rural areas and villages have been subjected to up to 10 hours of power cuts.
Sources say that prevailing power shortage is result of a significant reduction in electricity generation at various sources owing to several reasons. Supply of RLNG has been reduced to power plants whereas hydropower production has also witnessed a fall due to low water levels in reservoirs and maintenance issues.
The situation has been further exacerbated due to extreme hot weathers across various parts of the country.