By  on November 4, 2008

LAHORE, Pakistan — Electricity and natural gas shortages in Pakistan, coupled with higher prices, have left the nation’s textile industry struggling to cope during the global economic downturn.

“Twelve hour per day country-wide power outages have affected our cotton textile industry badly,” said Amer Hameed, director of operations at Masood Textile in Faisalabad. “The first 25 days of October, the country was in a deep energy crisis for both electricity that the state provides us and natural gas that we use for our mill’s own power generating unit. We, therefore, had no option but to use diesel for our in-house power generation. Not only has the electricity cost gone up by 60 percent, but it costs us four to five times its price to run our generators on diesel. We usually run these on natural gas, but this was also not available to us at this time.”

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