ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain said that the electricity shortfall will ease in a few days as more furnace oil is being provided to power producers. Talking to a news channel, he said that the Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has directed to provide 28,000 tons of furnace oil to the power sector. “We imported eight million tons of furnace oil in 2009-10, seven million tons in 2010-11, and only six million tons in 2011-12,” Hussain said. He stated that Pakistan’s power production is based on furnace oil; therefore, the electricity generation was affected due to declining imports of the fuel. He maintained that if the supply is further increased, the generation will reach 16,000 megawatts.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2012.
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