Nawaz Sharif directs early completion of power projects to end load-shedding


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday directed the authorities concerned to ensure early completion of ongoing power projects without compromising on efficiency and quality of work.

“No laxity would be tolerated with regard to timelines for completion of ongoing projects,” the prime minster said while chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad.

The prime minister also directed for enhancing coordination among different government organizations to facilitate end consumers.

The Secretary Water and Power Yousuf Nasim Khokhar briefed the meeting on the surge in power demand due to early rise in temperature this season and dip in water level in the reservoirs.

The prime minister emphasized that it was the highest priority of the government to completely eliminate load-shedding in the shortest possible time. He said that the government had steadfastly worked in the last three years to achieve the cherished goal post and all the base work for achieving this target had been completed.

“With more than 8,000 megawatt of new generation scheduled to come into the national grid before June 2018, we are well on course for a load-shedding free Pakistan,” he added.

Nawaz Sharif said that the government was not only focusing on the prevailing energy shortfalls in Pakistan, but was determined to provide for the growing future energy requirements of the country.

The meeting was also briefed about the existing power demand and supply situation, load management plan and timelines for various ongoing power projects.

It was informed that a total of 5,710 megawatt would be added to the system by the end of 2017. The issues of circular debt, recoveries and line losses were also discussed.

The Secretary Petroleum and Natural Resources briefed the meeting on fuel and gas supply to the power sector and the provision of new gas connections to domestic, industrial and commercial users.

The Cabinet Committee on Energy approved new Re-gasified Liquid Natural Gas (RLNG) based gas connections for domestic, industrial and commercial consumers.

The recommendation of the Cabinet Committee on Energy shall be placed before next meeting of the federal cabinet for ratification.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other senior government officials.

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