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Load-shedding schedule – why the great big mystery? By Fareeha Qayoom

Load-shedding schedule – why the great big mystery?

By Fareeha Qayoom

I

am dying to tell you all about the latest on the LESCO front (you know their vendetta with ordinary consumers, like us who dare to go over and voice their protest in person about incorrect meter reading, excessive billing due to fantasy number of units recorded on your bill, sudden arrears thought up to pay for their line losses, staff inefficiencies, and negligence, and various other assorted issues), our electric woes haven’t gone away but that’s another story. Here’s a sneak peek – they sent us a 52K bill on one meter for the month of February. Don’t forget, we have two meters at our place now. The allegation is that we had been stealing electricity or something like that because the number of units dropped on that particular bill since April 2009! Well, obviously, the number of units should drop when our place was split between two meters – duh! I will tell you all about that when there is a conclusion to this latest saga. I have even thought up a fancy title for that story – “the empire strikes back!” (A few days later, the media broke the story that the Sharif brothers were caught stealing electricity from LESCO for one of their GTs! No wonder they are billing ordinary consumers for stolen electricity.)

Energy Saver
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However, today’s rant is not about that. It’s about the excessive load-shedding even before the start of the ‘real’ summer. (We are sitting in April, 2010 only right now). I am ready to tear my hair out. It’s so frustrating. Only the rich can afford petrol and gas run generators, powerful UPS and other means of alternative electricity supply. For the rest of ordinary mortals like us, all we can afford are a few candles and a meager UPS that can run one energy saver bulb for a couple of hours! (Ours was bought for the computer in the good old days when we were comparatively more solvent!)We had another UPS but the battery used to keep conking out so we gave that away gratis. We are thinking of buying those new fangled lights and fans that store electricity like a battery and light up when there is an outage. We are better off than thousands others. They can’t even afford a meager UPS or a steady supply of candles for the full month. So thank God for small mercies. No, this is not rant about haves and have-nots. This is a rant about disrespect and lack of consideration for your fellow human beings by the public servants. This is rant about letting your economy go hang, letting your citizens become unemployed because you can’t solve the basic problems of your country!

For the past couple of weeks, power outages have taken a new turn in Pakistan – 10-12 hours in urban areas, 14-16 hours in rural areas. The funny thing is; domestic consumers have not turned up the Air conditioning (AC) on yet. They aren’t crazy…with the electricity rates going up yet again in April; they simply can’t afford to run even a single AC 24/7. It’s beside the point that LESCO might not let them because of the excessive load-shedding anyway! My point, why are they doing load-shedding when people are asleep? Last time I checked, Pakistan has only one time zone so all citizens keep the same hours. Why are they shedding the load during the night hours?

All I want to know is; why can’t they post a schedule for all their consumers? Is it too much to ask? Who was the Einstein who came up with one hour on, one hour off power outages plan anyway?  (The commercial consumers have all bought powerful Generators and UPS and have just transferred the costs of doing business in Pakistan to the consumers – the ones who can’t have declared bankruptcy, shut down their doors quietly, downsized all their local staff and migrated to greener pastures –the only people impacted are small business units, people who work from home and domestic consumers who have no choice but to struggle on!).Why can’t they let anybody get any sleep at night or get any work done during the day?

At this point, I am even willing to embrace the conspiracy theories floated by Zayd Hamid on TV One that our government is working for some sinister foreign power (read Zionists!) and is intent on trying to ruin Pakistan’s economy in the shortest time possible while it receives kickbacks and dual nationalities for all its staff and their kids’ as potential reward for work well done! (Naw, I am kidding, seriously no foreign government/power in their right mind can fund such a huge government and their weird spending sprees – It would be like dumping money down a giant black hole. It would never be enough – you know what I mean?) Whose side is the government on really? Do they even care about their national agenda? Do they even know what should be the national agenda? Sigh.

Electricity supply, Ooty, India 2005
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Imposing 15 percent VAT on all goods and services in couple of months, charging GST now, letting the dollar hike against the rupee, setting up free trade market economy without any regulation whatsoever, taxing everything within sight, your income, your savings, your spending, your assets, goods and services, where can you go? Nepal? Africa? Obviously, the green pass port is not all that popular in the western world. Do they even care? If they had to sit through hours of load-shedding, may be they would understand but the load-shedding is for the riff-raff of this economy – the producers and the consumers – the government has more important stuff to take care off – like how to swing the next IMF loan to pay for this one…since the government is not interested in doing anything for its citizens, why are we even paying their salaries? May be we should fire everyone and run Pakistan without a government? There would hardly be any change since no one seems to be in charge even now – we would be just minus a huge expenditure bill on nothing (paying a lot of incompetent people to loot us and sell us down the river for a mere pittance to anyone who is interested in buying a piece of us! Yes, I am talking about the privatization commission).

Their one hour on and one hour off strategy is not very productive – you can’t sleep, you can’t work, you can’t do anything except get frustrated.  (Did I mention that this schedule is playing havoc with your water supply as well as your UPS’s performance?) By the time you figure out their schedule and adjust your workday around them, they change it. Take yesterday night as an example; they didn’t do load-shedding for three hours straight during the small hours – so why am I cribbing? I should be grateful – well, I am not because I was planning to do some work but because it was unexpected, I had closed down my computer and waited for the axe to fall. It never happened. I didn’t get back to work because they had broken my flow. (My computer is already suffering because of unexpected shut-downs. I will have to get it fixed). In the end, disgusted with the whole thing, I went to bed and fell asleep. The three-hour leverage was probably because it was ZAB’s anniversary or birthday or something. I don’t really know or care.  Bhutto was before my time and he is dead. (I was in grade one when he died!) Ok, he was a national hero but so what? It’s over. Can we please move on?

So is anyone really working on the energy crisis? By the way, you don’t eliminate poverty by making your solvent and skilled poor too – you eliminate poverty by creating jobs and opportunities for the unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled. You create infrastructure and an environment for your citizens so all of them can contribute to their own growth and ultimately to your country’s growth. In other words, you create assets, not liabilities! ■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

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  1. Industrialists threaten protest across Punjab
    Published: April 06, 2010

    LAHORE – As the people are facing the worst ever power outages and cursing the PPP-led democratic set-up for its failure to improve the supply despite the lapse of two years, Chambers of commerce and industry from across Punjab have threatened to launch massive protests if the govt failed to end the loadshedding.
    As many as ten such organisations have warned if the government of extreme protests if the govt failed within a week to ensure countrywide equitable load shedding; restore industrial gas connections; and give representation to the chambers in power planning, they would take extreme steps.
    The chambers of Commerce and Industry of the province met under the chairmanship of President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry here on Monday to discuss the ongoing power and energy crisis that has crippled the business activities.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Islamabad/06-Apr-2010/Industrialists-threaten-protest-across-Punjab

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  2. SNGPL decides to suspend gas supply to industrial zones

    By Zeeshan Javaid

    ISLAMABAD: Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Company Limited (SNGPL) has decided to suspend supply of gas to industrial sector for a single day in a week, and in the first Phase, supply of gas to Lahore Zone 2 will be suspended today.

    While talking to Daily Times, SNGPL’s sources said due to crucial shortage of gas, the company has taken decision to stop the supply of gas to industrial sector in order to reduce gas load on domestic consumer.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\06\story_6-4-2010_pg5_1

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  3. Outages ruin weekend

    <>i* Lahoris haunted by 14 to 16 hours of blackouts
    * PEPCO official says no chances of load shedding ending this year

    LAHORE: Already the hottest March in the country’s history, the plight of the citizens is aggravated as prolonged and unscheduled load shedding continues. It was reported that the city faced power cuts of up to 14-16 hours on Sunday. On the other hand, Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LSECO) officials claimed that there was no unscheduled load shedding, adding that the time period for load shedding in urban areas was 8 hours while 12-14 in the rural areas. However, the reality is totally different from LESCO’s claims. Citizens in major parts of the city told Daily Times that there was 14-16 hours of load shedding on Sunday bringing life to a halt as major industrial and commercial hubs remained closed. Sources in the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) disclosed that a shortfall of around 4,250 MW of electricity was recorded on Sunday, whereas it touched 5,000-5,700 MW on other days.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\05\story_5-4-2010_pg7_28

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  4. Traders to protest against prolonged power outages
    Updated at: 1500 PST, Tuesday, April 06, 2010
    LAHORE: Prolonged power outages continued across the country despite claims of PEPCO about reduction in shortfall.

    DG PEPCO Muhammad Khalid said the current power production is 10,420 MW whereas demand has been soared to 14,700 MW. He said load shedding is underway according to schedule and public will get the relief soon.

    Meanwhile, the traders of Lahore have announced of holding protest if the situation will not improved within a week.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=102297

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  5. Power shortfall rises to 5,200 MW
    Updated at: 1550 PST, Monday, April 05, 2010
    LAHORE: The duration of load shedding has been increased with the increase in power shortfall, which has been reached to 5,200 MW. However, PEPCO officials said the shortfall is stands at 4319 MW.

    PEPCO sources said shortfall has been increased due to rise in demand and less production. The production is 9,900 MW whereas demand is 15,100 MW. PEPCO has increased the duration of unannounced load shedding in all big and small cities including Lahore.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=102228

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  6. Power shortage will be reduced in a month: Ashraf
    Sunday, 11 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf once again claimed on Sunday that the prevalent power crisis in the country will be reduced within a month as water inflow in dams will increase and a few of IPPs will start operating.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-power-shortage-will-be-reduced-in-a-month-ashraf-ss-13

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  7. Pervaiz Ashraf urges less power conservation

    ISLAMABAD, Apr 11 (APP): Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has appealed the people to decrease power usage and save energy. Talking to media persons after visiting the National Power Control Center here he said government is trying to control unscheduled power outage.
    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=100446&Itemid=2

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  8. ‘Rental power plants can solve the crisis’
    Upadated on: 11 Apr 10 05:15 PM
    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf reiterated that the rental power plants are the immediate solution that can provide relief from load shedding.

    Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said that rental power plants are being used across the world to overcome power shortages However, in Pakistan, it has been subjected to political games.

    Raja Pervez Ashraf said that emergency has been imposed in Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and WAPDA to overcome power crisis in the country. SAMAA

    http://www.samaa.tv/News19012-Rental_power_plants_can_solve_the_crisis.aspx

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  9. Hydro power generation to increase after April 15, Ashraf.

    Islamabad: The meeting of inter ministerial committee, constituted on the direction of the Prime Minister to resolve the electricity crisis on urgent basis, was held here under the chairmanship of Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Musharraf to review the electricity crisis and public reaction on the load shedding.

    The federal minister assured the meeting that demand and supply gap of electricity will reduce after April 15 due to improvement of water situation in dams. Hydro power generation will substantially increase due to improvement of water level in reservoirs, he added.

    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=161253

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  10. Power crisis batters with 9 to 15-hr load shedding
    Updated at: 1505 PST, Sunday, April 11, 2010
    LAHORE: Acute power crisis is still raging in the country as shortfall persists near 5000 Megawatts, Geo News reported Sunday.

    Two hours have been deducted from the daily spans of power load shedding in the wake of violent protests in various Lahore areas.

    According to the announcement made by the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO), power generation is 10,200 MW and demand is 15,323 MWs. Hydal Production is 2612, Thermal at 2450 and the power attained from IPPs is 5200 MWs.

    To meet the shortfall, load shedding of nine hours in Lahore is in progress and 15 hours of load shedding in rural areas.

    The Pepco officials assured that the shortfall will come down after April 15 and hence, the load shedding spans will shrink.

    The excessive load shedding led to the shortage of water in Lahore.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=102615

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  11. To raise or not to raise power tariff,govt to inform IMF today
    Saturday, April 10, 2010
    By By Khalid Mustafa
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will inform the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank on Saturday whether it will increase power tariff by 6 per cent from April 1 or not and also brief them on the status of circular debt, which resurfaced and is about to suffocate the oil supply chain to thermal powerhouses.

    The team of economic managers is in favour of increasing power tariff by 6pc with retrospective effect from April 1, but the political leadership wants to defer it till the next fiscal year, keeping in view the fear of a backlash from the public, official sources said.

    Talks with the IMF began on Friday, but the two thorny issues of power tariff and circular debt were not discussed as the IMF wanted to take the World Bank on board, they said.

    “We have discussed the provisional data till March 31 on budget deficit, revenue collection and the VAT issue. We have told the IMF that the Value-Added Tax bill has been tabled in parliament and the four provincial assembles,” a senior official, who attended the meeting, told The News.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=233422

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  12. Nawaz criticises govt handling of power shortages
    Sunday, 11 Apr, 2010

    LAHORE: PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif has said that if the government had set its priorities in the right direction, then then people sufferering from loadshedding would not have come out on to the streets.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-nawaz-criticises-govt-handling-of-power-shortages-rs-06

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  13. Govt has failed to overcome energy crisis, says Nawaz

    * PML-N chief says Musharraf pushed country into darkness
    * Economy can’t be revived without promoting trade, industry

    LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Sunday blamed former president Pervez Musharraf for “pushing the country into darkness” by failing to overcome the energy crisis and criticised him for the destruction of state organs during his rule.

    He was talking to a delegation of Karachi-based businessmen from the Korangi Association of Trade and Commerce, led by SM Munir.

    Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Member of National Assembly (MNA) Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and Senator Pervaiz Rashed were also present on the occasion.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\12\story_12-4-2010_pg7_1

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  14. Prolong Power Outages, Countrywide Strikes Continue
    The heat wave continued across the country, and no relief to the masses from load shedding.

    As the heat wave increased, the electricity short fall rose further. The prolonged and unscheduled power cuts are underway across the country, especially in small cities. At least 9 to 15 hours of load shedding is taking place across different parts of the country.

    The power crisis has badly hit the routine life and business activities in the counry. Owing to the continued load-shedding, more than 200 small industrial units have been closed in Gujranwala, leaving thousands jobless.

    http://www.apakistannews.com/prolong-power-outages-countrywide-strikes-continue-175788

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  15. Pervez Ashraf sees reduced power outages after April

    LAHORE: Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the ongoing power crisis would improve within a month, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. Ashraf said water inflow in dams would increase and a few independent power plants (IPPs) would start operating in the next month, which would help improve the power shortfall in the country. Talking to reporters during his visit to the National Power Control Centre in Islamabad, he said contracts with the operators of two rental power plants installed during the pervious government’s tenure had been cancelled. He said the two rental plants were not in operation due to the non-availability of gas, but the government was still paying $600,000 per month to these plants. The minister said little rainfall in the ongoing year had led to the low generation of electricity. daily times monitor

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\12\story_12-4-2010_pg7_2

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  16. Move to change model for power firms’ privatisation
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Monday, 12 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to change the privatisation model for power companies into management contracts, leasing and equity injection through initial public offerings to avoid creation of private monopolies like the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).

    “Privatisation without competition is bound to create monopoly in private sector as happened in case of KESC. Its outright sale could not meet the stakeholders’ expectations, rather it has been a nightmare for customers,” said a senior water and power ministry official while justifying the need to review the privatisation approach.

    The sale of KESC, he said, had achieved none of its objectives and consumer satisfaction was by no means better than in 2004 when such a huge enterprise was sold. The government has to provide even higher subsidies and special treatment to the KESC now than six years ago.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/move-to-change-model-for-power-firms-privatisation-240

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  17. Country wide protests continues against loadshedding
    Monday, 12 Apr, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-country+wide+protests+continues+against+loadshedding-hs-05

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  18. ‘Pak looking for steps to overcome energy shortage’

    * AEDB CEO says 8 hydropower plants underway, 14 others at advanced preparation stage

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government is looking for immediate steps to overcome the energy shortage and provide relief to its citizens, Minister for Water & Power Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Monday. He said this while presiding over a meeting with a 17-member delegation, comprising top executives of leading German companies in the energy sector.

    The delegation is currently on a 3-day visit to Pakistan, on the invitation of the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) to explore possibilities of investments in the Alternative/Renewable Energy (ARE) sector. Ashraf said, “Pakistan is currently passing through a severe energy crisis, however, it possesses great potential to generate power, especially in the field of alternative/renewable energy, particularly Hydro Wind and Solar Power.” He said Germany has always helped Pakistan in different sectors and the current visit of German officials, would certainly strengthen relations between the two countries.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\13\story_13-4-2010_pg7_35

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  19. Islamabad first city to have Rainwater Harvesting Programme

    * CDA head stresses on proper treatment of waste
    * Says action will be taken against misuse of water

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday made federal capital the first city of the country to successfully launch the Rainwater Harvesting Programme to re-charge the underground water table.

    The Pilot Rain Water Harvesting Project has been initiated at the compound of the Faisal Masjid, however, the CDA has made comprehensive arrangements to replicate this network across the federal capital to benefit from this primary source of water – the rain.

    CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said this while talking to media after inaugurating the rainwater harvesting project initiated by CDA in collaboration with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Pakistan Council of Research for Water Resources (PCRWR).

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\13\story_13-4-2010_pg11_6

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  20. Raja Pervez confirms delay in Iran power project
    Tuesday, 13 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABD: Minister for Water and Power Raja Parvez Ashraf on Tuesday has confirmed a DawnNews report and said that the project of importing electricity from Iran may take five years to complete.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-raja+pervez+confirms+delay+in+iran+power+project-hs-01

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  21. Stop crying for electricity; Ashraf to nation
    Updated at: 2257 PST, Tuesday, April 13, 2010
    Stop crying for electricity; Ashraf to nation KARACHI: Water and Power Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf has asked the nation to stop crying for electricity shortage and instead save it.

    Speaking to media after attending a meeting of the cabinet’s power committee, he said ‘save electricity’ campaign has been launched, under which power usage at Aiwan-e-Sadr, PM House, President and PM Secretariats will be slashed.

    “We have entered into a deal with Iran for supply of 1000 MW of electricity and feasibility is being prepared to lay down a new transmission line for another 400 MW,” he told newsmen.

    http://www.geo.tv/4-13-2010/62928.htm

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  22. 1000 MW to be added to system next month: Raja Rervez Ashraf
    ISLAMABAD, Apr 13 (APP): Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Tuesday that additional 1000 MW would be added in national grid next month, which would help in easing power crisis in the country.The minister said the government had decided to supply electricity to industrial and agriculture sector on priority basis and practical and comprehensive steps were being taken in this connection.

    http://ftp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=100583&Itemid=1

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  23. No deadline for end to load shedding, says PEPCO

    Staff Report

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) is unable to give any deadline to the public for the end of load shedding, as it is a highly technical issue, PEPCO Energy Management and Conservation Director General (DG) Muhammad Khalid said on Monday.

    The PEPCO energy management DG made these comments while addressing a news conference at the WAPDA House.

    Khalid said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was seriously concerned about the prolonged load shedding in Lahore, and had directed Water and Power Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf to take immediate steps to curtail the duration of load shedding in the city.

    On a directive issued by the water and power minister, PEPCO had reviewed its load management plan and reduced power shutdowns from 11 to nine hours in the city, he said.

    Khalid said the steel industry of the provincial metropolis has been closed down to reduce the duration of power shutdowns being experienced by citizens.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\13\story_13-4-2010_pg7_5

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  24. Rs 61.5bn coal mining, 300MW power plant project okayed

    KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet, which met on Monday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, approved a joint-venture project worth Rs 61.5 billion with the Al Abbas Group for coal mining at Badin coal field along with a 300MW power generation plant.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\13\story_13-4-2010_pg12_2

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  25. Cut line losses, heads of power firms told
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Wednesday, 14 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A meeting between federal ministers and international creditors held here on Tuesday warned the heads of public sector power companies to reduce their system losses by 2 per cent by June this year and speed up recovery of huge receivables to minimise energy crisis or be ready to face consequences.

    Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf told journalists after the meeting with representatives of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank that a plan had been prepared to minimise difficulties being faced by people, businessmen and industrialists.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/cut-line-losses-or-face-music,-heads-of-power-firms-told-440

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  26. Contempt of court petition filed against Ashraf
    Thursday, 15 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A contempt of court petition was filed at the Lahore High Court against the Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf.

    The petition was filed by Barrister Farooq Hassan who claimed that Ashraf misguided the court and gave a false statement saying that load shedding would end by December 31, 2009.

    The petitioner further stated that Ashraf was responsible for the current law and order situation in the country.

    Barrister Farooq Hassan requested the court to direct the authorities to announce a system for load shedding rather than unscheduled power outages.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-contempt-of-court-petition-filed-against-ashraf-ss-03

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  27. Govt can’t give time frame for ending loadshedding: Ashraf
    Published: April 15, 2010

    ISLAMABAD (APP) – Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Wednesday said the government could not give the time frame for ending loadshedding.
    Talking to media here at the Parliament House, he said the government was taking various measures to reduce loadshedding and it would take a lengthy time to get electricity from Iran.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Business/15-Apr-2010/Govt-cant-give-time-frame-for-ending-loadshedding-Ashraf

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  28. No power tariff hike until shortfall controlled: minister

    * Ashraf says president, PM and ministers will reduce power consumption by 50% as a step towards energy conservation

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday said that the government might not raise power tariff further until the ongoing power crisis was brought under control.

    Talking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the Special Committee on Power Crisis, Ashraf said it had been decided that power consumption by the Presidency, the Prime Minister House and official residences of ministers would be reduced by half in order to conserve energy, and similar measures would be introduced in other public offices as well.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\14\story_14-4-2010_pg7_3

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  29. US to help refurbish power plants
    By Zaheer Mahmood Siddiqui
    Thursday, 15 Apr, 2010

    LAHORE: Help for Pakistan’s energy sector will be a top priority in plans for direct US investment in the country under the Kerry-Lugar Bill, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Rajiv Shah, said here on Wednesday.

    “The US will help refurbish three thermal and one hydel power plant that will add some 4,500MW to the national grid,” Mr Shah said while talking to this correspondent at Lahore airport before leaving for Islamabad. USAID’s Pakistan Mission Director Robert Wilson was also present.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/19-us-to-help-refurbish-power-plants-540-hh-05

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  30. Violent protests against loadshedding in Jhelum, Dina
    Saturday, 17 Apr, 2010

    JHELUM: Protesters set ablaze Rescue 15 and Fire Brigade offices on GT Road in Jhelum following clashes with police.

    Residents of Dina, which is on the outskirts of Jhelum city, were protesting against unabated loadshedding in the city when police resorted to aerial firing and shelling to disperse angry mob.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/16-violent+protests+against+loadshedding+in+jhelum+dina-hs-03

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  31. ‘Pakistan cannot be burdened by tariff hike’
    Saturday, 17 Apr, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-pakistan+cannot+be+burdened+by+tariff+hike-hs-04

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  32. Pakistan seeks two waivers from IMF
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Thursday, 15 Apr, 2010

    The government has assured the IMF that electricity tariff will be increased in stages to ensure that it reached cost recovery in August. For this, discussions with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank will be completed on framework for dealing with cost pressures and supply shortages in the energy sector before the next programme review in June.

    Likewise, the federal adjustor will clear payment arrears (inter-corporate circular debt) of government agencies and departments more efficiently by making at-source deductions from the budget.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-pakistan-seeks-two-waivers-from-imf-540-hh-04

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  33. Electricity shortfall reaches 6,000MW
    By Ahmad Fraz Khan
    Sunday, 18 Apr, 2010
    LAHORE: The Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) faced a shortfall of more than 6,000MW — 60 per cent of its total generation — on Saturday, forcing it to resort to unscheduled loadshedding in a big way.

    Although the company acknowledged a deficit of only about 5,000MW and claimed to be restricting loadshedding in urban areas to nine hours and in industrial areas to four, protests by industrialists, traders and people across the country told a different story.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-electricity-shortfall-reaches-6,000mw-840-hh-12

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  34. Raja Pervez asks CMs to pay electricity bills
    Monday, 19 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water & Power Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday has asked all the chief ministers of the provinces to immediately pay the electricity bills of their subjective governments so that the issue of circular debt could be resolved.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-raja+pervez+asks+cms+to+pay+electricity+bills–bi-03

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  35. Energy summit to help end power shortages: Gilani PDF Print E-mail

    ISLAMABAD, Apr 19 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Monday that the ongoing energy summit in Islamabad will continue its deliberations till coming up with a viable strategy to end power shortages. In a brief chat with mediamen after the signing of 18th amendment bill into law by the President here, the Prime Minister assured of a comprehensive plan to plug the gap in supply and demand.

    http://ftp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=101052&Itemid=1

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  36. Gilani seeks CMs’ help to defuse power protests
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Monday, 19 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has sought chief ministers’ support in containing the countrywide protests against loadshedding and stopping them from snowballing into an anti-government movement.

    According to a senior official, the prime minister spoke to the chief ministers overt the past days and urged them to take steps to defuse the public outburst.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/gilani-seeks-cms-help-to-defuse-power-protests-940

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  37. IMF told raise in power tariffs impossible now: Qureshi
    Monday, April 19, 2010
    News Desk

    MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had declared that Pakistan was already battling with a power crisis and it was not possible for the government to raise the power tariff under these circumstances.

    Addressing a press conference at the local airport here, Qureshi told journalists that in a meeting with the IMF officials recently, the prime minister told the officials that the burden (of increased tariffs) would be beyond the capacity of the people of Pakistan.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=234950

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  38. Power crisis: Lahore markets to open for 4 hours only
    Updated at: 1845 PST, Tuesday, April 20, 2010
    LAHORE: Owing to the ongoing power crisis, the Lahore administration has asked the business community to open their markets from 5pm to 9pm to save the electricity.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=103262

    Traders to close all shops by 7:00 pm in Lahore
    Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010
    LAHORE: Commissioner Lahore, Khusro Pervaiz held discussions with traders in Lahore on Tuesday and asked them to close their shops by 7:00 pm every evening.
    Traders would not be allowed to switch on any generators after this time either.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/03-traders-to-close-all-shops-by-700pm-in-lahore-ss-13

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  39. Countrywide protests continue against loadshedding
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    The frustration of the people intensifies as the hours of loadshedding increases throughout the country. Protests against prolonged and unscheduled power outages continued throughout the country on Tuesday. In Mandi-Bahaudddin, protesters had encircled the office and stoned a train en-route to Sargodha, injuring three passengers. The protesters also blocked the roads and burnt tires they were protesting against power 18hours regular outages. Police had to resort to baton charge to disperse the crowd.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Islamabad/20-Apr-2010/Countrywide-protests-continue-against-loadshedding

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  40. PM urges for coordinated plan to overcome energy crisis
    Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday has ordered that a well coordinated plan be devised as soon as possible to overcome the current energy crisis.

    He said the plan must provide both short and long-term solutions so that the people of Pakistan can be provided with some relief.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-gilani+urges+coordinated+plan+to+overcome+energy+crisis–bi-04

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  41. US to help Pakistan tide over energy crisis
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Describing the long loadshedding schedules as unacceptable, US special representative Richard Holbrooke assured the people of Pakistan on Monday that the United States would go to its ‘absolute limits’ to help Pakistan overcome the energy crisis.

    In a live internet discussion, Mr Holbrooke also spoke of Pakistan’s problems with India while talking about the country’s nuclear programme, indicating a better understanding in Washington of Islamabad’s stance on this issue.

    “You mentioned nuclear weapons. It (Pakistan) has a longstanding set of concerns vis-à-vis its giant neighbour to the east, which have to be dealt with,” he told a questioner.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/us-will-go-to-absolute-limits-to-help-pakistan-tide-over-energy-crisis-040

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  42. Sheikh gives six-point formula to mitigate energy crisis
    Monday, 19 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Dr Abdul Hafiz Sheikh here on Monday presented a six-point formula to mitigate the country’s energy crisis on short-term basis while advising for adopting a comprehensive medium-term strategy to end power crisis.

    Delivering a lecture after Inaugurating NUST Business School (NBS), at National University of Science and Technology, Dr. Hafiz Sheikh stressed the need for utilizing the existing energy capacity to generate more power saying that there was need to identify the capacity of generating energy through gas.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/business/19-sheikh-gives-six-point-formula-to-mitigate-energy-crisis-hh-05

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  43. Makers raise prices for split ACs
    By Aamir Shafaat Khan
    Sunday, 18 Apr, 2010
    KARACHI: With surging temperatures owing to less rains in the winters and dry weather ahead of summer season (May-June), the manufacturers of split air-conditioners have already jacked up prices by Rs2,000-3,000 since January anticipating higher demand for cooling machines in the peak summer.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/19-makers-raise-prices-for-split-acs-840-hh-13

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  44. Korangi power plant shut down

    More power failures, citizens losing patience

    By Atif Raza

    KARACHI: As the city simmers in the prevailing heat wave and the citizens already suffering from unannounced electricity load shedding, sources in Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) informed on Saturday that the Korangi Combined Cycle Plant, which generates 220 megawatts (MW) electricity, was shut down due to low gas pressure.

    Meanwhile, neither the KESC nor the government have devised a strategy to tackle the law and order situation that develops due to prolonged, unannounced power outages as attacks on KESC offices, vehicles, staff and damage to property have become a routine in recent years.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\16\story_16-5-2010_pg12_2

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  45. Ogra orders 2.5 per cent reduction in gas tariff
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) decided on Tuesday to reduce prescribed prices of natural gas by an average 2.55 per cent or Rs4.53 per unit for all categories of consumers in the country with effect from July 1.

    As a result, prices of gas for domestic, commercial, industrial, CNG stations, fertiliser, cement and power generation would come down both for SNGPL and SSGCL.

    Ogra has made the decision at the request of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited which had sought an increase in tariff at the rate of Rs20.36 and Rs63.10 per million British thermal unit (MMBTU), respectively.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/ogra-orders-2.5-per-cent-reduction-in-gas-tariff-950

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  46. Alternative energy only solution to crisis
    By Shahid Iqbal
    Thursday, 20 May, 2010

    KARACHI: Energy crisis could be overcome with the help of alternative energy resources already available in the country. This was the focus of the energy exhibition began here on Wednesday.

    The 8th international exhibition for the energy industry “POGEE-2010” at the 6th International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference began with hopes, opportunities and potential for the growth in this particular sector.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/alternative-energy-only-solution-to-crisis-050

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