Power distribution companies are advising the textile industry in Pakistan to make alternative power arrangements using standby systems, with energy shortages in store for the next two winters.

In addition, Pakistan's Gas Company has also told the industry that a constant and smooth supply of gas would not be possible during this winter. Gas supply to the textile industry is ensured for only nine months by contract.

Approximately 60 to 70% of Pakistan's textile industry runs on gas-based power, and last year its mills went without gas for about 45 days during the winters.

Winter shortages in the country are expected to worsen this year due to sharp increases in demand from both residential and industrial users.

By Ahmed Abdullah.