Ensure 28000 tonnes per day fuel to power plants: Ashraf

Published: June 23, 2012
Prime Minsiter Raja Pervez Ashraf addresses the emergency meeting on energy crisis. PHOTO: SANA

Prime Minsiter Raja Pervez Ashraf addresses the emergency meeting on energy crisis. PHOTO: SANA

ISLAMABAD: The newly elected Prime Minsiter Raja Pervez Ashraf stuck true to his promise, and to directives President Asif Ali Zardari, that of tackling the energy crisis at top priority, holding an emergency meeting to resolve the energy crisis within 24 hours of being voted into office, ordering Ministry of Petroleum to ensure supply of 28,000 tonnes of fuel to power plants to immediately add 1200 mega watts to the national grid.

The meeting decided that the Ministry of Petroleum will ensure the supply of 28000 tones fuel oil supply daily to power to add 1200 MW in the national grid system. Earlier 2000 tones of fuel oil were being supplied to the power plants for energy production.

However, some of the quick redress measures also has its trade offs with the industrial and CNG sectors to suffer with directives to divert gas supply to power plants in Punjab and Sindh.

It was decided to provide 15mmcfd to GTPS, Faisalabad which would add an additional 65 mw to the national grid, aimed at giving some relief to the industries facing severe power outages.

Ashraf also requested a viability report detailing ways to provide an additional 100 Millions of Cubic Feet Per Day (mmcfd) of gas to the Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation, allowing the company to reduce its off take of 300 MW from the national grid.

It was decided that the gas would be made available to the power sector on priority basis by suspending supply for an additional day to the industrial and the captive power sectors in Punjab. The move would aim to make available 66 mmcfd of gas for power plants.

Petroleum minister Dr Asim Husain suggested cutting supply to the industries and CNG sector in Sindh to save 150mmcfd gas. This gas could then be used by KESC for power generation. The proposal was approved by the prime minister for further discussion at the cabinet meeting to be held next week.

Ashraf also chose not to bring any changes into the strategy formulated by his predecessor Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani saying he was going in the right direction to bring the power crises in the country under control. Albeit Gilani’s strategy dealt more with a long term solution, formulated after a detailed consultation with the experts in the field.

Premier added that I do not feel, there should be any change in the policies given by Gillani but the special committee on the energy constituted by the federal cabinet would keep monitoring the situation and their ideas and suggestions would be implemented thoroughly.”

Two committees to talk to Sindh, Punjab

Prime minister at the end of the meeting approved the forming two special committees.

The first committee consists Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain and Minister for Kashmir Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo to hold negotiations with the representative of the Punjab industry and take the CNG sector onboard the proposals, convince them to agree on reduction in the gas supply for one additional day to meet the acute requirement of gas.

The other committee comprising of Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Religious Affairs, Khurshid Shah and Dr Asim Hussain would hold talks with Governor of Sindh, Dr.Ishratul Ibad and with the Chief Minister Sindh to hold talks with the stakeholders for reduction of gas supply in Sindh.


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  • Maher
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:06PM

    Mashallah…. Amazed to know that Raja sb is concerned about Energy crisis….


  • Shahrukh
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:07PM

    O god. Not again.


  • Satan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:26PM

    A 3rd Energy Conference in a 2 months means free tea, coffee, biscuits, and then free chinese, oriental and pakistani dishes for lunch, and after an hour namaz break again free tea, coffee, biscuits and A LOT of InshaAllah’s and Hopefull’ies in the sessions.


  • Ahmer Ali
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:33PM

    He is once again kidding with the nation as usual he has been kidding when he was Federal Minister of Water and Power Authority.


  • abc
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Any progress on energy crisis is not and wont be possible without taking a comprehensive and holistic view of things such as generation, transmission, distribution, and pilferage, various stakeholders involved, issues of allocation of gas/fuel to various sectors, CNG consumption by auto owners, industry, and home users.

    Adhoc measures and directives will no longer do.

    All parties should offer their help to overcome this crisis. I hope PPP is sincere about this and is not just doing it for public consumption.

    They should also have two or more representatives from media as observers to report on this conference and deliberations, rather than a press release or briefing by Info Ministry.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:53PM

    We had many such conferences in the past and there was no result.
    If you are really serious about solving this issue (which I doubt!), do something real on the ground..


  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:55PM

    These energy committees are nothing more than fooling the common people. I cannot imagine that a country with so many resources cannot produce 20000MW of electricity. PPP govt has spent their 4 years in pulling one another legs. There is very shortcut solution for energy crisis. Stop all the governmental expenses of National & Provincial Assembly members, parlimentarians, VVIPs, Generals and use them for producing electricity production, only for short period untill new means for electricity production is made. I think they are rich enough to bore their own expenses. When new means are constructed then they can resume these expenses.Recommend

  • Sajid Mahmood Awan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:57PM


    Support PTI – Support Pakistan


  • aliz
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:58PM

    lets see which date he will announce.


  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:06PM

    Well Done Raja Sahib, You are the only hope for Pakistan … You are the elected prime minister not the one who are selected …


  • Sajid
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:32PM

    @Sajid Mahmood Awan:

    Support PTI – Support Pakistan*

    lol, do you see what you have unintentionally said? :D PTI people never fail in making me laugh.


  • ali
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:37PM

    I will consider it Raja sahib’s great achievement though no miracles expected. Allah has given him a chance to please and comfort his nation. He must avail it.


  • deafening truth
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:51PM

    Even if he fixes the shortfall it will be temporary and done to ‘try’ and garner votes. I only pray to Allah that this political strategy falls flat on its face and leads to the demise of this corrupt allied government


  • Jun 23, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Good if he’s taking steps to resolve energy crises. People of Pakistan are with you


  • ANON
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:57PM

    He will give another date for total blackout i believe.


  • KB
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:07PM

    @Sajid Mahmood Awan: Better than supporting PPP or any other political party.Recommend

  • KB
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:08PM

    Energy Crisis, I know what you are planning, that Load-shedding will end by 31st December from this Country – Great!Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2012 - 2:26PM

    Hahahaha. This is joke. An eyewash. We all know how capable he is.


  • Sajid Mahmood Awan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:26PM


    Thank you Sir for giving preference to PTI over other parties.


  • what a joke
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:31PM

    LOL u crack me up.!!


  • Sajid Mahmood Awan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:32PM


    My dear namesake

    Please note people, who knows Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as a Minister for Power, have already understood what I meant. I am not a member of PTI but Mashallah I am more active for PTI than the members.

    I say it again:

    Support PTI – Support Pakistan


  • ali
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:35PM

    People, don’t be disappointed. Raja sahib can do wonders, if he can become Prime Minister. He can do any thing, power/energy is just his sidekick.


  • ali
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:40PM

    By the way, our nation is very mean, it is only think about it self. We must also think of the World leaders who will have to deal with Raja Sahib. Raja Sb will soon be exchanging phone calls with Obama. Obama will also feel the heat of Pakistan’s energy crises. Don’t worry.


  • Dare2Speak
    Jun 23, 2012 - 3:13PM

    LOL—another announcement he’ll make, by Dec.2012,load shedding will end!…hahaha


  • Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2012 - 4:27PM

    Congratulation Pakistan
    Raja … our new PM.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Really, you are just full of surprises.


  • zaheer
    Jun 23, 2012 - 4:31PM

    ha ha haa…..

    that was a good joke


  • Ammar
    Jun 23, 2012 - 4:46PM

    since his elected time, we been facing 2 hours of load shedding. Raja Rental in action


  • Abdul
    Jun 23, 2012 - 5:12PM

    I hope you will not think like an “Ashraf”. You are not a foreigner in this country to milk for Swiss bank accounts Be a true Pakistani and work for your country and don’t take pride in mythical foreign origins.


  • Col Imtiaz
    Jun 23, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Only in Pakistan can someone who is under investigation for corruption become PM – i very much hope he puts his country before himself (and his wallet)


  • Babloo
    Jun 23, 2012 - 5:38PM

    If energy conferences produced energy, Pakistan would be the largest producer of energy in the world.


  • zeshan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 5:43PM

    I have as much faith in raja sb as much I have in Mr manmohan singh


  • Pagall
    Jun 23, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Joke of the day
    he’ll give a statement again ( 31 December tak load shedding khatm kar di jaygi )


  • Programming Drone
    Jun 23, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Turn off his electricity and water for 3 days and then ask him how he feels. An external party like PTI may be the only solution for Pakistan.


  • Hussain
    Jun 23, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @ Sajid

    Can you please with your wise intellect guide us to the best leadership available to us, as u oppose PTI.


  • DevilHunterX
    Jun 23, 2012 - 7:50PM

    In December!

    Which year? 2050


  • Hassan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 8:06PM

    Another energy conference certainly means another raise in power tariffs!!!
    “Hum ko raja ji maaf karna
    galti maarey se ho gai”


  • BaBa Blacksheep
    Jun 23, 2012 - 8:08PM

    For saving the electricity, Raja turned the light off at the end of the tunnel.:D


  • smj
    Jun 23, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Raja Sahab we love you too. Please keep up the hard work you have been doing since last 4 years. Also, get a new coat and tie to represent us at Washington DC.


  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 23, 2012 - 9:05PM

    Until the government actually has a plan to add generating capacity (by building hydro-electric dams, coal/gas fired thermal plants, and/or nuclear generating plants) then all is folly! Pakistan needs to add (X) Megawatts of capacity every year to solve the countries ills, and this priority should be in front of the “needs” of the Army!


  • abdul jabbar
    Jun 23, 2012 - 9:21PM

    So far he has worst rating among all candidates for PM slot,After taking oath, if he can bring little relief for pakistanis in power shortage,He can get away from past mistakes,
    2. UnfortunatelyPPP will win election again as coalation is intact and rest are divided.


  • pathan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 9:59PM

    What kind of paper is the ET? Do you guys just report everything?


  • Hairaan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 10:01PM

    His first task should be to clear his name from the RPP scandal to make people listen him.


  • Hairaan
    Jun 23, 2012 - 10:06PM

    People of Pakistan??? Oh you mean the middle class educated folks of Karachi who thru their leaders have supported his PM election.


  • Jan Muhammad
    Jun 23, 2012 - 10:17PM

    @Naveed Alam Khattak, your suggesstions wont work at all. You shud google figures of Pakistan budget of this year, and you will find that Cabinet, MNA, MPA, PM House, and President House expenditures, even if they run into billions, are not even 1% of govt expenditures. Almost 500 billion approximately go to salaries of 1 million federal and provincial govt employees, and circular debt is 400 billions approximately.


  • Jan Muhammad
    Jun 23, 2012 - 10:23PM

    @Sajid Just ask this question from ur leader Imran Khan how will he pay 400 billion debt to IPPs and relieve us of loadshedding. Problem was not created in a day but it took 15 years to evolve into this severe power crisis and I am hope it will not be resolved fully until 2025. Just dont accept politicians statements because their eyes are on the chairs of President and PM and desire to grab those chairs as early as possible by misleading people.


  • sarfraz
    Jun 23, 2012 - 11:14PM

    More conferences…..soon more projects will be announed to overcome energy crisis.Recommend

  • Maz3tt
    Jun 24, 2012 - 12:02AM

    again conference


  • elementary
    Jun 24, 2012 - 12:28AM

    There will be No Load shedding after December 2012 .


  • Soothla
    Jun 24, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Congratulations to our new Prime Minister.We the people of Pakistan love you sir. You are our hero.Please place us on the right track and make Pakistan a peaceful country.


  • Pakistani
    Jun 24, 2012 - 1:49AM

    GOD forgive us , we are enduring alot about this Gov


  • Pakistani
    Jun 24, 2012 - 1:53AM

    So PTI supporters ,I wish to know your plan of eliminating power shortages


  • Truth Detector
    Jun 24, 2012 - 2:23AM


    Here it is:

    Now go out and vote for PTI.


  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Jun 24, 2012 - 5:58AM

    Show me the money , Show me the money to pay for the fuel. Recommend

  • Proselytyser Sinners
    Jun 24, 2012 - 7:56AM

    The same story will continue.
    ” Pakistan without light “.


  • H.A. Khan
    Jun 24, 2012 - 8:35AM

    and who will pay for it?


  • raw is war
    Jun 24, 2012 - 8:37AM

    And let there be light.


  • Khurem
    Jun 25, 2012 - 12:33AM

    Save Pakistan economically ! Vote for pmln


  • Sajid Mahmood Awan
    Jun 25, 2012 - 12:32PM

    @ To Whom It May Concern

    If all others, who have been into the power, have failed in addressing our grievances on more than one occasions then why should we keep repeating our mistakes. Why not support PTI this time with a positive frame of mind and being selfless.



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