A 3,500 Megawatt shortfall provoked by glitches in gas and oil supplying
A flood has caused significant damage to some gas and oil installation and transportation channels in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The damage done has provoked a massive shortfall of electricity across the nation, leading to a drop of almost 3,500 MW and upwards of seven hours of darkness and load-shedding.
Further delays in the nation’s new power projects due to commissioning troubles mean that the shortage will likely stay unresolved for the moment. Since the pathways of transportation have been severely damaged in a few places, fuels like petroleum will have to be delivered by plane, and be airdropped into the required regions.
Sectors like transports, farms and the industrial field will have to resort to load-shedding in the face of the sudden shortage.
The flood that grew to unexpectedly large proportions left virtually all vital bunds and embankments razed or dysfunctional in its destructive path. The massive rebuilding efforts needed to fix the problem will take some time to get off the ground, let alone take full effect.
The floods have also caused significant damage to the country’s agricultural and other economical niches, affecting cattle pastures, crops, and dams, not to mention the nation’s general population.
Though the waters are now starting to pull back, another storm system looms on the horizon, potentially meaning yet another stretch of flooding. As it stands now, three of the country’s largest power plants had to cease operations in the wake of the floods, and with the transport roads still covered by water or damaged to the point of uselessness; it may take a long time for the nation to engineer a total recuperation.
Domestic consumers are yet to suffer from the power shortage, as the nation’s fuel reserves are more than enough to hold its citizens over for at least a month, and the considerable amounts of petroleum stored up mean that there will be cause for worries yet.