A widening gap in Pakistan’s power supply of at least 6 GW – about a third of demand – is plunging the country into severe blackouts.

Delayed payment to smaller IPPs and Pakistan State Oil have aggravated load-shedding by Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco), which has faced a temporary shortfall of 8–8.5 GW, according to Dawn.com.

More than 40 per cent of Pakistan is without power at any given moment in 24 hours, a Pepco official told the news site.

Pakistan’s nine distribution companies are reported to blame National Power Control Centre (NPCC) for switching off supplies without any warning and planning. But the NPCC blames Pepco for a fall in generation. Pepco in turn accuses the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) of cutting gas and furnace oil supplies.

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