PM calls power outages unacceptable

Nawaz briefed about load management for May, June and July

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday at the PM House to review electricity generation and loadshedding in Pakistan.

The prime minister was briefed about load management plan for the months of May, June and July. The prime minister clearly directed to bring down the load shedding level to 6 hours in urban and 7 hours in rural areas in next few days. He declared existing level of loadshedding as unacceptable.

Nawaz directed to immediately shift gas from fertilizer industry to power sector and to reduce gas supply to CNG sector partially for additional 592 megawatts generation in the system. The meeting was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The prime minister was briefed that additional 1,000 megawatt would be added from the hydel sources on the May 11, 2014 and by the end of this month 3,500 megawatts more from hydel sources would also be added. He directed Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources and Ministry of Water and Power to ensure that fuel shortage issue was resolved in next few days.

About 630 megawatts would also be added in the system through additional supply of fuel to Muzaffargarh and Jamshoro power plants. Prime Minister Nawaz also directed to reactivate dormant power stations. He directed to shift the fuel supply through railway to power houses to avoid leakages, pilferage and corruption.

Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq, State Minister for Water & Power Abid Sher Ali, State Minister for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan, PM’s Special Assistant Dr Musadiq Malik and senior officers also attended the meeting.

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