Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf chairs a high level meeting on Energy Issues at PM House in Islamabad on Saturday. – Photo by Online

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday directed the Ministry of Petroleum to ensure the supply of 28,000 tones fuel oil to power sector daily to add 1200 MW in the national grid.

The prime minister stated this while chairing an important Energy Meeting to cope with the ongoing energy crisis at the Prime Minister House on Saturday.

The meeting also decided to provide 15mmcfd to GTPS, Faisalabad which would add another 65 MW in the national grid leading to ease up the pressure.

The meeting also discussed to provide 100 mmcfd additional supply of gas to Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation (KESC) to produce 300 MW which could help KESC in reducing their off take from the national grid of equal quantity of power, making it available to help in improving the supply of electricity.

The gas is proposed to be made available to the power sector by suspending its supply for one more day to the industrial sector 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, 150 mmcfd gas is proposed to be saved from Sindh by cutting its supply for one more day to 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 comprising Minister for Water and Power, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Information, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Dr Asim Hussain and Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo to negotiate with the representatives of Punjab’s industry and the CNG sector, to convince them for cutting gas supplies for one more day, in view of the acute requirement of gas in the power sector.

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