KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) following its new load-shedding plan has generated just 610MWs on Tuesday from Bin Qasim Power Plant against its potential capacity of 1,150MWs. TheNation learnt that the power plants unit number 2, 3, 5 and 6 generated 160MWs, 70MWs, 190MWs and 190MWs respectively, while its unit number 1 was out of order and unit number 4 did not have oil. Sources said that the KESC was also not taking supply from Tapal, KTPS,DCL, SGTPS and Jamshero-2 which had added to the woes of Karachiites even when the total demand for power in the City decreased to just 1,800MWs. It is pertinent to mention that KESC has announced its new load-shedding plan on Friday last while from 5 to 7 hours power outages are being made in many parts of city even in winter. The best policy they have adopted is to save furnace oil and to run their power plants on gas, this lead to the suspension of power supply daily for 5 to 8 hours in the various areas of the City, said a source. The shortage of power supply has been invigorated due to the running of Bin Qasim Power Plant below its capacity since long, and it has been reported that the duration of load-shedding usually shot up to 10 hours. On the other hand, the KESC officials in their press briefings say that the company has a shortfall from 150MWs to 200MWs, so the load-shedding is rotational for 2 hours in each area of the City, but the fact is that they have been conducting load-shedding for more than 5 hours. They also claimed a decrease in power supply gap as the total demand for electricity stood at 1,974 megawatts and this is mainly due to the deficit of gas pressure and gas supply which had been dropped to 194 MMCFD against the required around 300 mmcfd. It is interesting to notice that it has been more than 3 weeks time that the KESC is running its plants on their half capacity, or they usually keen to run those plants on gas in order to save furnace oil, despite the fact that all the units of Bin Qasim Power Plant are designed to run on both mechanism, gas and furnace oil. Moreover, the running of the plants below its capacity has been resulted in power cuts, ranging from 5 to 10 hours even in the season when the required electricity to the City is just 2,000MWs. However, KESC claims to put all emphasis upon adding more coal-fired power plants to its electricity supply network to bridge the gap between the supply and demand. It is observed that the central focus of the KESC has been shifted, rather than uninterrupted power supply, to register cases against those individuals and companies that are involved in power theft across the City. They claimed that they have removed some 3,000 kunda in Ramazan Goth area, Orangi, and over 18,000 consumers had been disconnected for non-payment, of which many had paid their outstanding amount, but this does not help KESC to provide relief to those who are paying thousands to the company in terms of their electric bills. The KESC officials, however, denied long hours power cuts as the KESC staff had itself surveyed the City during different hours, as a double check, to confirm the duration but they did not see load-shedding besides rotational one.