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ISLAMABAD: Officials of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Monday proposed to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat that if the government was willing to finance, the Nepra could produce around four thousand megawatts of surplus electricity for export, DawnNews reported.

The meeting was headed by MNA Hameedullah Jan Afridi in Islamabad.

The Nepra official said that the load-shedding was not an issue of production but was more of a financial issue.

Briefing the meeting, the Nepra official said that country’s requirement for energy was 16,500 megawatts while the Nepra had capacity to produce 20,000 megawatts.

The official proposed that the surplus power could be exported.

A member of the standing committee raised the issue of inflated electricity bills and said that the billing system should be rectified.

Afridi said that if Nepra could not provide relief to the people then it should stop operating altogether.

The standing committee directed the Nepra to present it with the details of its agreements with production and distribution companies in the country.

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Cyrus Howell
October 1, 2012 12:59 pm
Makes sense to me.
October 1, 2012 6:20 pm
Because it benefit the corrupt government and it's corrupt officials.
Hamza Ahmed
October 1, 2012 12:36 pm
Its all Politics and blame shift. No one wants to take responsibility.
October 1, 2012 11:04 am
Thanks for such an official answer because whenever I discuss situation with friends and tell them that the major reason for loadshedding is people themselves. They want to have electricity with similar price like what came from Tarbela and if not then they will consider theft as legal or correct or halal!!! But producers wants to have profit otherwise they will supply only whatever is profitable!!
M. Asghar
October 1, 2012 10:45 am
If the country has a capacity to produce 20000 MW and the problem is how to finance it, then, in this situation, it is incomprehensible to see the government setting up committees and commissions everyday to pass time, while the country is sinking in darkness.
Cyrus Howell
October 1, 2012 12:57 pm
Then the government had better dig deep into their pockets.
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