Tuesday, November 18, 2008

KESC adds 96 MW from 220 MW plants at KTPS

The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has announced addition of 96 MW to its existing power production capacity as of Sunday. The utility has initiated activities on Friday to make this 96 MW addition tangible.KESC Corporate Communications Director Ayesha Eirabie told Daily Times that the new management of the utility has fulfilled one of its commitments toward overcoming the power outage and enhancement of existing power generation capacity.Henceforth, KESC has taken over commercial operations of the first phase of the 220-MW plant at the Korangi Thermal Power Station (KTPS).
The utility has immediately started a 96-MW generation that has been added to Karachi’s power grid, which will increase to the technical capacity of 220 MW once the plant is made fully operational. This is expected to happen by March 2009, said Eirabie.The 96-MW addition is the latest in initiatives by KESC toward ensuring that city’s energy needs are appropriately addressed. The team of experts and the new management has a preset focus on increasing the power generation capacity to overcome power outages.
The addition of 96-MW at KTPS follows the addition of a 50-MW rental power plant, which is being installed at Haroonabad and is expected to be fully operational this December, added Eirabie.In his message to KESC consumers, KESC Chief Executive Officer Naveed Ismail said that taking long-term steps towards containing load shedding is an immediate priority for the utility.As the new management fully understands the gap between demand and supply of electricity in city, efforts have been initiated to minimise the gap and the utility has invested in a new rental power plant. The addition of 96 MW at KTPS will help bridge the gap in the long term, said Ismail.

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