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KARACHI: A K-Electric (KE) spokesperson stated that the Bin Qasim power plant will be repaired by May 20 with the required all-important spare part, that weighs 41 tonnes, expected to be flown in from Holland today.
Having Ramadan just around the corner, the unscheduled power shortage in Karachi continues adding to the woes of Karachi residents, who are already dreading the torrid weather.
A technical fault at KE’s Bin Qasim power plant is the prime reason behind the power crisis that is being repaired.
The metropolis is currently facing a shortage of 600MW-700MW due to the Bin Qasim power plant major breakdown, leading to uncalled load-shedding in areas that were previously not crisis-zoned.
The spokesperson added, experts from abroad are also being flown in to help with the repairs of the power plant and the installation of the spare part.
All the scrutiny followed by repairs are being done under the supervision of KE’s chief generation and transmission officer.
Earlier this week, the power utility’s spokesperson had stated that the city’s industrial areas and the water board’s pumping stations were excluded from load-shedding.
Reports of heavy load-shedding in various parts of the city have been received including Liaquatabad, Malir, Orangi Town, Lines Area, Landhi, Shah Faisal Colony, and adjoining areas.
Prior to the power plant mishap, a row between KE and Sui Southern Gas Company over gas supply also resulted in protracted load-shedding across the metropolis.
The dispute was eventually resolved after the intervention of the federal government.