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Energy crisis

By our correspondents
May 08, 2017

In Pakistan, around 190 million people have access to electricity, according to an estimation of the World Bank. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), average demand of electricity is around 19,000MW in the country, against the generation of around 15,000MW. The IEA has predicted that total electricity demand is likely to rise to over than 49,000MW by 2025 because of the rapid growth of the country’s population.

In order to decrease the shortfall, the Bhikki Power Plant was launched to add 300MW of electricity, but the electricity shortfall is still around 7,000MW. In addition, it is reported that the country needs to invest between 3.7 percent and 5.5 percent of its GDP each year to enhance electrical production in order to improve access and keep pace with economic growth in future. The government should take concrete measures to tackle the energy crisis. Otherwise it will trample with the country’s progress.

Baba Faiz

Bal Nigwar