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Energy committee takes stock of power situation

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Monday constituted a three-member ministerial committee to review the energy situation and give its recommendations with a view to improving the power situation in the country.

The three-member committee comprises federal ministers for petroleum, water and power and advisor on finance.The decision was taken by the caretaker prime minister while chairing a high level meeting to review the energy situation in the country at the PM House on Monday.

The meeting was informed that the current generation in the country was 9,200 MW against a suppressed demand of 13,000MW.The prime minister was informed that only 55 mmcfd gas was being provided to the thermal power plants against the promised 150mmcfd gas.

The meeting also reviewed the position of recovery of dues and the quantum of funds required to produce optimum generation. It was also decided during the meeting to set up a mechanism to monitor the generation and demand of electricity in the country. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources briefed the meeting that presently 3,860 mmcfd gas was being produced in the country.

The prime minister directed the Ministry of Water and Power to ensure that uninterrupted electricity was available in the country for the evening of May 10 for the next 36 hours to ensure that the process of polling and counting of votes is completed smoothly.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Water and Power, Dr Musadiq Malik, for Petroleum and Natural Resources Sohail Wajahat H. Siddiqui, for Communication, Ports and Shipping, Adadullah Khan Mandokhel, while Advisor on Finance, Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Chairman Wapda and senior officials of the Ministries of Finance, Water and Power, Petroleum and Prime Minister’s Secretariat also attended.

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