PM Nawaz Sharif directs end to unannounced loadshedding by May 10
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired the 3rd consecutive meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy on Monday.
The prime minister directed the Ministry of Water and Power to take steps to end unannounced loadshedding by May 10 besides resolving ‘upfront tariff’ issues with National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) for different kinds of sources including LNG, solar, coal, furnace oil, diesel and gas.
The prime minister further directed that line departments should work out immediate solutions for administrative and legal issues faced in implementation of energy projects on priority.
The NTDC was directed to pickup pace of work on HVDC transmission lines and other smaller transmission lines projects.
The prime minister also directed to carry out comparative study about efficiency of various power sources, for presentation in the next CCOE meeting.
He stated that the government is working on multiple options of power generation so that consumers are provided with uninterrupted power supply. “For this purpose, the government has focused on adding base load thermal power projects which shall ensure availability of power all through the year even during lean periods of Hydro power generation in 2018 and onwards.”
Earlier, the Secretary Water & Power briefed the meeting on current load management plan, implementation status of planned and ongoing energy projects and enhancement of transmission system.
He informed that the government has added 9,625 MW in 132 Kv and 2,004 MW in 11 KV systems, which is unprecedented.
The WAPDA chairman briefed the meeting on progress of Hydel power projects, including Dasu, Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dam.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi and senior officials.