LAHORE: Even two weeks after a nationwide blackout in Pakistan, power generation is yet to be restored to earlier levels. Sources suggest this is primarily due to a flawed strategy and imprudent use of available resources.
The biggest challenge being confronted by the federal Ministry of Water and Power, which enjoys the status of de facto executive authority of the power sector, is enhancing the output of thermal plants by judiciously utilising available fuel options. Presently, about 4,000 MW of thermal plants having “dependable” installed capacity are idle. The incompetence of officials has resulted in very low output.