Authorities in Pakistan have restored energy supplies to textile and garment plants in the northern part of the country where more than 70% of the industry is located.

Supplies were suspended at the beginning of December following a sharp rise in demand from household users, as well as the annual closure of water reservoirs, which led to a reduction in electricity generation.

Many garment plants have managed to continue operating with their own alternative energy arrangements, although these come at a higher cost.

A spokesperson of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) told just-style that the industry in the province of Punjab will now receive gas for two days a week and a full electricity supply.

Between 60% and 70% of Pakistan's textile industry runs on gas-based power, with contracts ensuring a continuous supply for just nine months of the year.

The country generates 30% of its electricity from water reservoirs, which remain close in the months of December through February for annual maintenance.