The power shortfall in the country surged to 2,500MW, compelling various power distribution companies to observe a 10-12 power cut in urban and rural areas.
According to daily data released by National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDC), the total generation was recorded as 8,500MW against the demand of 11,000MW. Hydroelectric generation stood at 1,030MW, thermal at 1,760MW and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) at 5,710MW.
The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) also resorted to 6-8 hours of load-shedding in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and its entire region under a power load-management plan.
Mismanagement, corruption and an over-reliance on expensive imported fuels have left the energy sector in dire straits, with hours-long blackouts a daily reality in the summer.