KARACHI: Karachi Electric Supply Company has expressed great concern over the sudden decrease in gas supply to 150 MMCFD by SSGC to its power plants, as they are affecting the generation capacity. KESC has appealed to the Federal Government to order restoration of the 220 MMCFD gas supply level in order to continue with the present reasonable plan of load shedding in the City.
KESC said that according to the Energy Policy of the Government, power sector had been granted top priority after domestic consumers. However, SSGC had demonstrated no concern over the electricity needs of over 20 million population of Karachi and had singularly reduced supply to power generation plants.
KESC has paid Rs 57.7 billion to SSGC over the past 18 months against purchase of gas worth Rs 54.5 billion. During the past three months alone, KESC paid Rs 9.5 billion to SSGC despite facing the worst financial crisis.