Govt working to end load-shedding by 2018: PM

Nawaz says alternate energy sources -- including solar and wind power -- must be tapped


Web Desk January 09, 2015
A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said the government is taking all-out measures to ensure a complete end to power outages during its tenure, Radio Pakistan reported.

“An addition of more electricity to the national grid before the advent of the summer is the government’s priority,” he said while chairing a meeting of the cabinet committee on energy in Islamabad.

The prime minister said efficient projects should be to ensure that electrcitity is provided to consumers at affordable rates.

He said alternate energy sources -- including solar and wind power -- must be tapped.

“All hurdles in the way of speedy electricity generation must be removed,” he said.

During the meeting, attendees were informed that Expressions of Interest has been invited for the construction of the1100-km South-North gas pipeline -- a project which will be completed in two phases, and will reduce the cost of gas transmission and result in a reduction of the production cost of electricity.

Nawaz said timelines should be set for the project to achieve the objectives within a specified timeframe.

The meeting decided to install LNG fueled power plants to reduce energy shortfall.

The prime minister also emphasised that the electricity transmission system should be improved in order to reduce line losses.

COMMENTS (15)

Valerie Kaul | 6 years ago | Reply

@Ahmed Shafik: The Government is not benefiting from the depressed prices since it is paying the backlog therefore still paying full price. This has come about through disorganised 'housekeeping' and political inefficiency. To add to that If one has no Family Planning system in place to help curb the population then what should we expect? The effect of no warmth this winter will result in even more children than perhaps might have been and the cycle of deprivation will continue...

Grace | 6 years ago | Reply

@akkk: At least the PM has signed contracts and started projects that will end load shedding. He has done more in under two years than Musharraf did in 10 years or Zardari did in 5 years. Musharraf in particular did not add even 1 MW to the national grid in a decade but impatient people in Pakistan want Nawaz Sharif to fix the energy problem overnight? We should all grow up and give him credit for getting things started in hardly 2 years.

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