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Raja Pervaiz Ashraf orders oil supply for electricity generation

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Saturday directed the Ministry of Petroleum to ensure supply of 28,000 tonnes of fuel oil daily to the power sector to add 1,200 MW to the national grid.

Raja issued these directions while presiding over an energy meeting held at the PM House just a few hours after he was sworn in as the prime minister. It was also decided to provide 15mmcfd to GTPS, Faisalabad which would add another 65 MW to the national grid leading to the easing of pressure. The meeting also discussed providing 100 mmcfd additional supply of gas to the Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation to produce 300 MW which could help KESC in reducing their off take from the national grid of an equal quantity of power making it available for helping in improving the overall supply of electricity.

The gas is proposed to be made available to the power sector by suspending its supply of one day more to the industrial and the captive power sectors in Punjab sparing the 66 mmcfd of gas for use in the most efficient power plants to produce electricity. Similarly, 150mmcfd gas is proposed to be saved from the province of Sindh by cutting its supply one day more from the industrial and the CNG sectors which will be used by KESC for power generation.

In the meeting, it was also decided to constitute two committees consisting of 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 representatives of the Punjab industry and the CNG sector to convince them to agree to one further day of a cut in the gas supply to the sectors in view of the acute requirement of gas in the power sector.

The other committee consisting of Minister for Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah and Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, to hold talks with Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad and the chief minister Sindh to hold talks with the stakeholders for a reduction in gas supply.

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