ICCI for reducing power sector losses to save industry from loadshedding

  • February 25, 2018
The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called upon the government to take urgent measures for reducing power sector losses in order to save the local industry from the issues of loadshedding. 
Sheikh Amir Waheed President, Muhammad Naveed Senior Vice President and Nisar Mirza Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that with the efforts of the current government, energy crisis has been controlled that has provided good relief to the general public as well as the trade and industry. However, they said the losses of power sector were increasing rapidly and if urgent measures were not taken to cub them, loadshedding could return to the country in summer that would affect the business and industrial activities.
They said as per statement of Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Federal Minister for Power, despite reduction of 1.2 percent in transmission and distribution losses, the annual power sector losses were poised to reach Rs.360 billion this year that should be a cause of concern for the policymakers. They said it was encouraging that Pakistan was now surplus in energy generation, but increasing T&D losses would pose new challenges to the country. They said in 2013, annual T&D losses in Pakistan were Rs.120 billion that have increased to Rs.360 billion which showed that power companies have failed to overcome these losses. They should government should pay urgent attention to this issue for remedial measures.
Zubair Ahmed Malik, Chairman Founder Group said that according to a World Bank report, T&D losses in South Korea were 3 percent of the total production, 4 percent in Japan, 5 percent in China, 6 percent in Thailand and Malaysia, 9 percent in Indonesia, 11 percent in Sri Lanka, 13 percent in Iran, but more than 17 percent in Pakistan which showed that T&D losses were much higher in our country. He stressed that government should give target of bringing T&D losses to less than 10 percent to the power companies that would provide uninterrupted power supply to business and Industry. It would also help in promoting investment, creating new jobs, improving tax revenue and strengthening the overall economy.