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PM Sharif blames poor past governance for country's current energy crisis

Updated Apr 19, 2017 06:52pm


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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, in a thinly-veiled reference to the PPP, hit out at his critics, saying: "those who are responsible for load-shedding [in the country] are now threatening to hold protests."

He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the 1,180 megawatt (MW) Bhikki Power Plant in Sheikhpura.

The Bhikki power plant is the first ever LNG-based power plant in the country. It will, for now, contribute 717MW to the national grid. It was completed over a period of 18 months.

His brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, tweeted the following image soon after the inauguration:

"We have completed a massive project in 18 months. It is unbelievable that we have done this. Other projects in this country have been under construction for 30 years," PM Sharif said.

"If we had not personally supervised this project, it would have taken 15 years as opposed to 18 months," he said.

Earlier this week, the PPP had warned it would stage protests across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if excessive and unscheduled power load-shedding in the province was not curtailed immediately.

Dismissing the opposition party, the prime minister said: "If you had worked with honesty, this country would have been successful today."

"We are trying to fix your mistakes," he added.

"When we came to power in 2013, we picked up work on these development projects."

The prime minister spoke extensively on the development projects undertaken during his tenure, repeatedly criticising other parties for not doing enough within their own constituencies.

"Why weren't the motorways ever expanded? Why is it that the federal government had to take the initiative of starting new infrastructure projects in Karachi?" he said.

"The provincial government should fix the law and order situation in Karachi and create a scheme for drinking water public transportation in Sindh. We are happy to do this but shouldn't the Sindh government have taken the initiative on its own," Sharif said.

"We have broken the back of terrorist organisations. Was this only our prerogative? Why didn't past governments do anything when they were in power?" he said.

"We are not looking at 2018 — we are looking ahead for the next 10, 20 years," the prime minister said.

"The country will continue to prosper. The children of the poor will get education — this is our dream. I pray these dreams come true," the prime minister said.

"Stop with your lies," the prime minister said in a last swipe at his opponents. "Stop this blame game, otherwise you will continue to lose and only the PML-N will remain in the field," he said.

"Pakistan zindabad, Pakistan paindabad," the prime minister said as he wrapped up his speech.

Burgeoning power crisis

The power plant's inauguration came after the prime minister ordered action against officials who failed to plan in advance for the summer season a day earlier, as the electricity shortfall crossed a record 7,000MW.

Due to the shortfall, the duration of load-shedding in urban areas had increased to an average 14-16 hours. Loadshedding in rural areas was even worse, rising to 20 hours.

The prime minister had expressed “dissatisfaction over the negligence of departments concerned” over the latest power situation that has put the government in an awkward political position at one of the most challenging times and ahead of the Panama Leaks case judgement.

Presiding over a special meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy, Nawaz had directed all resources to be put to use to reduce the current shortfall and provide maximum relief to people through as much reduction in load-shedding as possible.


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ahmad riza siddiqi Apr 19, 2017 04:31pm

The plant has the capacity to produce over 1,000 MW. Why would it add only 300 odd MW to the National Grid. Is it only partially complete?

Akram Apr 19, 2017 04:32pm

Too late

Khan lala Apr 19, 2017 04:32pm

Well done PM. Keep the momentum going. Long term strategic projects cannot be completed overnight!!!

Nomi Goraya Apr 19, 2017 04:35pm

@ahmad riza siddiqi Other units will come online shortly in period of months as they are under final testing. Excited and wishing better Summer for people and industry of Pakistan as slowly but surely new plants will come online every month.

Tayyab Apr 19, 2017 04:36pm

Soft launch

Foreman Apr 19, 2017 04:38pm

Too little too late. Damage has been done.

Khan lala Apr 19, 2017 04:39pm

@ahmad riza siddiqi .... Infrastructure level projects are executed and completed phase wise and on milestone basis... not in one shot.

SAP Apr 19, 2017 04:40pm

Wait wait. . .How much this power station is producing? 1180MW or 313MW?

Nomi Goraya Apr 19, 2017 04:42pm

@Foreman What is damage to Pakistan ? And power plants can not be constructed over night. Keep this thing in mind that dedicated LNG line was laid right from Karachi to Punjab to feed these plants and industry of Punjab as Sindh refused gas swap. I think this is the best moment for nation as things will keep on coming online gradually

Nomi Goraya Apr 19, 2017 04:43pm

@SAP First unit has come online and started feeding the grid so 313 MW of totally installed 1180MW has come online other units are in final testing stages

javed Apr 19, 2017 04:47pm

When there is natural gas load shedding, causing more than a few deaths every year, does it make sense to waste this precious resource in producing electricity at less than 100% conversion efficiency? Sheer madness.

SID Apr 19, 2017 04:47pm

@SAP It will add 313 MW to national grid shortly & full load 1180 MW will be produced after 2 years (although they have mentioned 18 months , actually it will take more.)

umer Apr 19, 2017 04:47pm

some local newspaper saying that 700MW capacity turbine get tripped/damaged earlier during its initial run because it was directly connected to National grid without proper testing .

SAB Apr 19, 2017 04:49pm

In Rawalpindi there has been power outage of 9-10 hours.

SAB Apr 19, 2017 04:50pm

The last inauguration

Bijli Apr 19, 2017 04:52pm

So, how much 'Load-shedding Relief' can i hope for this summer?

ahmad riza siddiqi Apr 19, 2017 04:52pm

@Nomi Goraya Thanks Nomi for the update. Hopefully we will not experience load shedding as we had it yesterday in Faisalabad.

MNC Apr 19, 2017 04:52pm

@Nomi Goraya

Brief and comprehensive remarks.

Seems you are well aware power generation technicalities.

Ali Apr 19, 2017 05:01pm

Majority of sensible literate pakistanies believe this will the last inugration performed by rolay family.

Shahid Apr 19, 2017 05:04pm

Any one care to check and inform how much is the per-MW cost of electricty production from this LNG plant?

Arshad, Canada Apr 19, 2017 05:13pm

@ahmad riza Siddiqi, No during the initial test period all the plants runs at much lower capacity. By the way, a 1180 MW plant will produce at best 65% capacity or around 800MW to the grid.

Sameer Apr 19, 2017 05:15pm

All projects inaugurated in the past year have never been completed. Example: only 60km of Khi Hyd highway(NOT motorway) completed and opened to the traffic with traffic congesting diversion. The previous 2 hour journey is now 6 hours and the congestion has been a regular media topic. Meanwhile Jinnah Solar project generated less than 10% energy while the project publicised 100mw. Similarly this LNG project was never completed but simply booted in process to show the public for grabbing quick votes. See nepra report where bhikki plant contributing only 27Mw at one time with a banner of 1180Mw added to the grid. Thus the loadshedding persists.

The end is near Apr 19, 2017 05:21pm

Political marketing tactics. But the game is over for him.

SSyar Apr 19, 2017 05:22pm

@ahmad riza siddiqi There are multiple turbines operating in this plant some of them are been inaugurated, i believe there are 3 turbines and the inauguration is for 2 turbines

analyseS Apr 19, 2017 05:23pm

This is funny. The inauguration was done in a hurry just before the Panama case so that they can make sweeping statements about progress done by PML(N) and gather support in case of an unfavorable decision from court. Too little, too late.

In last 4 years, none of the projects they promised materialize and loadshedding menace has increased all over Punjab and the rest of the country rather than decreasing as was promised.

Ali Apr 19, 2017 05:30pm

This government has done a lot for pakistan in the last couple of years.INSHALLAH the prime minister will emerge victorious and continue leading pakistan to greener pastures.ameeen

Nomi Goraya Apr 19, 2017 05:30pm

@Sameer LNG project is complete as it starts from Karachi and ends at Nandipur Power plant in the way connecting the industrial states and power plants please do not spread disinformation I know these facts as LNG line passes right to our agricultural lands near the plant. What is the difference between Highway and Motorway? About the load shedding the fact of matter is that in this part of year hydal generation is at lowest while one unit at Chashama 300MW is off grid due to refueling in the same way few thermal units at Guddu are offline for annual maintenance. Bhikki, Sahiwal etc are reality so find something else for politics.

Asif Apr 19, 2017 05:31pm

These people are so funny, the news literally made me laugh. Now vote for them and get some Biryani for a day.

Nomi Goraya Apr 19, 2017 05:32pm

@analyseS Just tell me if we start work on any power plant how many days it will take to complete? Do you think it will take just a week for a power plant from design to realization. 2017 is a year for completion of many thermal units and rest will come online in 2018.

The_Truth Apr 19, 2017 05:36pm

PM is working somewhat beside looting. But there is PPP in Sindh who are only busy transferring IGs and DIGs.

Masood Hussain Apr 19, 2017 05:45pm

N.S trying to shift the blame on to officials'shoulders.

dd Apr 19, 2017 05:47pm

@Foreman How possible, the plant included 03 turbine( two gas turbine, and one steam turbine), the two gas turbine already run and supplied power to gird. One steam turbine is being on construction.

Masood Hussain Apr 19, 2017 05:48pm

Keep on inaugurating one project after other,it does not cost much.

azadi dil ki Apr 19, 2017 05:54pm

Too little, Too late. Damage has been done. It's like last fall failed SIX. All the year you sleep only to see these problem never go off.

pervaiz Apr 19, 2017 06:10pm

I want to see progress and power generation from 350 dams built by Imran Khan in kpk

Hussain Apr 19, 2017 06:13pm

The theft of electricity added with corruption within the electric supply institutions and non existance of accountability in industry and incompetence of the generating staff are the causes of power shortage. Pakistan current power generating capacity is more than enough to meet the need of the nation. Unless the the theft is controlled, Pakistan always will have power cuts.

Mast Apr 19, 2017 06:15pm

@Nomi Goraya @analyseS Just tell me if we start work on any power plant how many days it will take to complete?

This question needs to be asked to SS who promised ending load shedding in 6 months. Its been 4 years since PMLN sitting in government for heaven's sake!

nHM Apr 19, 2017 06:17pm

Nawaz Sharif is spot on regarding bad governance by past governments for energy crises...........including his two previous ones

HAMEED Apr 19, 2017 06:19pm

back governance include his own 15 year... what at loser!!!

salman Apr 19, 2017 06:20pm

How long has this stint of PMLN lasted 2013-2017. This is full term in the western democracies. I think time is run out.

Haroon Rashid Khan Apr 19, 2017 06:21pm

Past governments include two half and one almost full term for PML-N for national government and many terms in Pujnab by PML-N as provincial government. It is easy to put blame on others, but difficult to accept responsibility it seems.

Omar Apr 19, 2017 06:23pm

As corrupt and inept as PML(N) is , I rather have them than any PPP government in charge.

The Observer Apr 19, 2017 06:28pm

"It is unbelievable that we have done this." but this is much beliveable that the shortfall has increased.

Hamid shafiq Apr 19, 2017 06:29pm

What your ministers do in previous four years just save to you and your family business it's not good thing you blame all time previous govt to your own mistakes and wrong policies.

aneeslillah Apr 19, 2017 06:34pm

and who were the past governments by the way? it takes a very little of self-esteem to feel the responsibility Mr.PM.

FAISAL Apr 19, 2017 06:42pm

Last time when I checked 5 minutes ago, Sharif Family himself has been the longest in Power. So why blame others when they themselves are culprits?

iqbal Khan Apr 19, 2017 06:43pm

He has no shame, in power for last 4 years and yet blaming previous govt. How about his election promises ?

Skeptic Apr 19, 2017 06:43pm

Oh, the pot calling the kettle black!

Imagine this. A day before a verdict against NS, which could end his political career for good. So blame all the current fiascos and failures of your government on previous ' bad governance' - which incidentally, includes two incomplete terms of his own!


Muhammad Apr 19, 2017 06:47pm

He is lying, project is not yet complete. The open cycle turbine is firing since last 2 weeks, the project still far from complete.

Falcon1 Apr 19, 2017 06:48pm

"in a thinly-veiled reference to the PPP, hit out at his critics,"

Really? Correct me if I'm wrong. But don't PML-N and PPP share the same traits?
Both had previous two terms summarily shortened for bad governance. One was even jailed. Both have failed in good governance - three times. Both had their leaders live in exile in Dubai and London. Both are partners in corrupt practices. Both boast of leaders who are richest in a nation, which is desperately poor.

Need I say more??

AjmaL Apr 19, 2017 06:49pm

This government had not moved an inch towards reforming the power sector. They are looting the nation both hands; first by awarding big ticket contracts and second by pilfering electricity from the system. They are looting and crying both at the same time.

Justice Apr 19, 2017 06:50pm

Just giving hallow threads not going to solve electrical problem, time for governer of Punjab and minister of electric to resign, PML-N government made false promises during election campaign.

Saif Zulfiqar Apr 19, 2017 06:50pm

He does not have shame to blame past governments for energy crises. He himself is also past government.

Shahid Apr 19, 2017 06:57pm

Count number of opening ceremonies vis-à-vis number of appearances in the parliament. Also count the successful completions and deliveries of the sang-e-bunyads?. What is the production cost pert unit for this particular PP? Finger pointing to others for governance failures sounds really hollow.

RiaRiazullah Baig Apr 19, 2017 07:02pm

@Nomi Goraya power plants cannot be constructed overnight, you are right but they can be constructed over a span of forty years if not in eight years. Don't forget that Sharifs in power for the last eight consecutive years in Punjab and for almost forty years in Punjab and the whole countr.

Nadeem Apr 19, 2017 07:06pm

Yes, poor past govts: Sharif as a CM in 80s, Sharifs in power mostly in 90s, Sharifs in power in Punjab almost all the time, Sharif's in opposition (with drama) from 2008 to 2013, and Sharifs still in power! So very bad past govts! Shameless people, can't stop fooling the nation...

RiaRiazullah Baig Apr 19, 2017 07:08pm

@Ali can you shed some more light despite this killing loadshedding, on the lot done by this statesmen Nawaz Sharif apart from the Greatest Panama Project?

Asteroid Apr 19, 2017 07:11pm

total rubbish from This PM . you are sitting in office past 4 years. why you could not control it...

optimist rajput Apr 19, 2017 07:11pm

@Nomi Goraya new plants will come online every month?. Really why did not these plants come online in last 4 years. Open your eyes and be objective, admit the fact that your beloved leader has not done anything to curb loadshedding. I just feel pity for PML N supporters who still supports this inept and incompetent party and its corrupt leader.

Asteroid Apr 19, 2017 07:11pm

@Khan lala Total rubbish from him after 4 years of his govt. who has failed to do any good for the country..

Rauf Apr 19, 2017 07:11pm

Remember they had also inaugurated the Nandipur plant..We all know what happened later, waste of our money looted, went to pockets of subcontractors...We all know who they are.

pervaiz Apr 19, 2017 07:21pm

@optimist rajput ..... better is for you if you ask question to Imran Khan who made 350 dams but where is electricity they produced.

Khwarizmi Apr 19, 2017 07:22pm

It is never a good sign when a present government and PM blames problem of his people & country on past governments. This is what Donald Trump do and international media calls him a dangerous man.

Bilal sheikh Apr 19, 2017 07:25pm

It is the political move by the PML N, keeping in view upcoming PANAMA verdict.

jays Apr 19, 2017 07:26pm

Mr. Trump following the footsteps of Pakistani politicians, blame the previous regime.

AMIR Apr 19, 2017 07:36pm

14 to 16 hours of load shedding !!! Wasn't load shedding supposed to have been totally eliminated within 6 months of the Sharifs coming into power ??? What happened ? How stupid of me !! Power generation was never the priority and this was only an election slogan.

The priority was mega construction projects consuming massive quantities of STEEL and CEMENT produced by and procured at undisclosed prices from 'we all know who' !!!

Ali Asghar Apr 19, 2017 07:39pm

Problem is not with power generation capacity. Problem lies with circular debt which has ballooned to massive proportion. If the govt prints money to payoff the IPP's, Rs will devalue greatly meaning things will get expensive. Height of mismanagement by a party that claims to be really experienced.

Kashif Apr 19, 2017 07:40pm

I believe load shedding will continue for another 50 years unless we wakes up from our dead sleep. In English its called, "As you sow so shall you reap."

Syed raza Apr 19, 2017 07:42pm

What a time to bring electric

saba Apr 19, 2017 07:46pm

as he was prime minister in future not past

ALI RAZA MEGHANI Apr 19, 2017 07:46pm

Dear Prime Minister YOu compare the great Muslim with past ruler you openly claim that power shortage will be controlled by 2017 . Shehabz sharif sb many time assured the nation to controlled the power crisis within 6 months all in record ... Nandipoor power project and many many mis management of great pml N Nation expected much much much from your great government . you provided bread in punjab then snatch you provided danish school result in your front . you always compare the reserve but why not compare the borrowing which is the main cause of increasing result Hope you will do the better in next government if nation make again mistake

AMJAD KHAN Apr 19, 2017 07:48pm

Keep blaming others Good Job.

Sab se pehle pakistan Apr 19, 2017 07:48pm

Past government? PML-N has been in government for years.

Mubarak Apr 19, 2017 07:51pm

Slow mind, what made him think like this now. And why did he promise relief within 6 months?

Syed ahmed, canada Apr 19, 2017 07:53pm

A bad carpenter always blames his tools.

Muneer Apr 19, 2017 07:54pm

Bhikkiwind power plant is the brainchild of Musharraf government,its construction started in 2007 or so,but successive governments delayed it to get commission,increased its cost. Even now it is incomplete this inauguration is to get wrongful political mileage.

sukhera Apr 19, 2017 08:02pm

If you compare power plants built during PPP, Musharaff and other previous governments, You will agree with me that they were sleeping on the job. The leader's job is to lead which was missing during the previous administrations. They did not plan for the energy needs of the country in the future, totally incompetent leaders. I agree with the PM when he said."If you had worked with honesty, this country would have been successful today." I do agree with the opposition that there is widespread corruption in the system/administration which is hurting the country and its image. No department of the country or government branch is free from corruption.We should set up a commission on how to eliminate corruption in the country.We need Corruption busting squads to get rid of this cancer. Everybody working for the govt should be reminded that corruption/bribes are not acceptable and you may lose your job. If the pay is not enough to live according to your standard, quit, find another job.

AK Apr 19, 2017 08:04pm

Actually, it is the sun that is the problem. After the Motorways, the next project for the government should be to stop the sun from rising every day.

Hyder Apr 19, 2017 08:09pm


You were also part of past governance twice and did nothing except creating your business empire in London and Jeddah!!!

S hashmi Apr 19, 2017 08:11pm


We live in a time when people pray for the leaders who are proven corrupt looters!

DJ Apr 19, 2017 08:13pm

For God Sake.This is something based on which you won last election so what the hell your Government has done in past four years that you are still blaming the previous Government. Stop making us foll anymore.

Criclover Apr 19, 2017 08:13pm

Are not the generators being installed to produce electricy of few MWs? I guess every big government and private departments are installing and producing electricity through these kinds of installation capacities within days rather than months as this project took .

So nothing to appreciate rather this wasteful expenditure.

News analysis Apr 19, 2017 08:25pm

There is a lack of good governance always since the era of President Yahya,yes there were ups and downs. PM NS can't be proud that today governance is good,no not the least, each and every ministry staff failed to deliver swiftly or in time, they are like sitting hawks,the file does not move without speed money. The complaints outstandings in different institutions like Ombudsman,NAB,FIA,others complaints cells,are in thousands. People declare the prevailing system as disgusting and frustrating. The minsters are more inclined towards maintaining their pride,ego,perks,protocol,and lavish spendings on tax payers money,austerity measures are absent. God bless Pakistan.

anees zed Apr 19, 2017 08:26pm

Who were the rulers in the past? My neighbor Shakoor Kaka, Gul Hameed and Akhtar Hussain? or PPP and PML-N itself, turn by turn?

Hamid Ali Apr 19, 2017 08:38pm

mmmm you were part of the past governance mister.

Masood Apr 19, 2017 08:38pm

Hey Mr. PM : You are probably the 'longest' serving PM and then you blame others for the fault. We know what Mr. Zardari did during his reign, but you are equally to be blamed for this chaos. Do you know Mr. PM that Pakistan is a laughing stock in the rest of the world ? A major nuclear power where the population is dying of heat strokes. You don't have the basic necessity of life that is water and electricity and fuel and you are talking about going into space. what a joke !

Muhammad shoaib Apr 19, 2017 08:57pm

Can anybody evaluate the utilisation of Lahore Islamabad motorway and also let us inform that any industrial city or commercial activity generated by it on its entire length other than toll tax and petrol pumps. Thanks

Fareed N Apr 19, 2017 09:01pm

Same game, same drama, blame previous government. Whatever happened to the promise before last election, 'We will finish load shedding in 6 months'.

Abdulkarim Apr 19, 2017 09:14pm

@Arshad, Canada Well that is not the case actually.a 1180 MW plant WILL produce 1180 MW provided the gas needed is provided.The 40-65% figure is actually the efficiency of the it turns about 60% of the energy present in the gas used,while the remaining 40% is lost as heat and sound.100% effiency is possible only in theory.

Taimoor khan Apr 19, 2017 09:17pm

And the musical chair continue. For heaven sake, what you have been doing since 2013? And what happened to the Nandipur power plant?

M. Ahmed Apr 19, 2017 09:18pm

It's the corruption, stupid. Former and present government is run by corrupt mafia lining their pockets. None of you are honest with People.
Why don't you put together facts and let people see what every successive government did. All governments do patch work without any serious planning. Everyone is interested in short term glory by cutting ribbons. No one is dealing with grain of honesty with people of Pakistan. Prepare a realistic plan, present in parliament and implement and show truthful progress. People will appreciate honest work. Slogans and blame game will not solve any problems.

Kahmad Apr 19, 2017 09:22pm

Great effort, blame the past governance, and next ruling party will blame yours regeim. Dear PM, kindly make a glance on your speaches before the election, making sky touching claims, we will eradicate loadshedding, will bring prosperity, this & that, and at the end blaiming past govt like a cowards...

HawrIs Apr 19, 2017 09:26pm

Sorry .You cannot blame previous have been in Punjab for long mature please..

Hawris Apr 19, 2017 09:34pm cannot blaim previous have been in Punjab for last 2successive terms and before could clear the shortages in span of 10yrs.

tariq Apr 19, 2017 09:38pm

Atleast this time he is truthful in taking the blame!

Wake UP PakistanIS & MAKE PAKISTAN GREAT Apr 19, 2017 09:38pm

PML-N governments were in power twice before its current stint. So, PM cannot absolve himself or his party from the current power crisis.

A new power plant can be set up and made operational in minimum time of 2 to 2.5 years. Had the PML-N government's priority been in this direction and not on blue, green, orange trains/metros, the situation would have been much different today.

ENGR OSMAN Apr 19, 2017 10:02pm

Wiser now?

His brother made a public promise to eliminate load-shedding in 60 days.. in western world that would amount to serious legal issues.

Pakistan needs at least 3 new dams and a few big nuclear plants to come close to 50% of energy goal.

Feel sorry for those who vote for PPP and PML-N.. not sure even PTI understands this.

Syed Hassan Apr 19, 2017 10:34pm

@ahmad riza siddiqi Its because, my dear friend, Government cannot afford to provide enough LNG to generate 1000MW. They are baosting about the reduced unit cost, what is very conveniently not disclosed is the fact that to generate the feed stock is not secured. Pakistan is sourcing LNG at a very high rate (exorbitantly high rate). Elementary project finance, an expensive feed stock will only lead to even more expensive output.

Syed Hassan Apr 19, 2017 10:35pm

@Khan lala, Agreed, but PMLN also had four years behind them, what is the progress, if I may ask.

Syed Hassan Apr 19, 2017 10:36pm

@Nomi Goraya, I have only two words to say in response "WISHFUL THINKING"

Lahori kid Apr 19, 2017 11:20pm

But you said the load shedding would be eliminated in 6 months. Yet here we are, 717 MW and that too after 18 months. We are in 2017, load shedding continues after four years, its time to stop the blame game and look in the mirror and find the person responsible, TODAY, not four years ago. We all know non of the governments ever fulfill their promises, at least not the ones that matter to every citizen, so before you go on to blame the last government,you too are just as responsible for energy shortage. The priorities were on spending billions on motorways and buses, while people lived without electricity, gas, running and drinking water, the citizens of Pakistan are still without the basic necessities today.

M. Ahmed Apr 20, 2017 12:42am

It's amazing how some people are playing with MW capacity, MW online, MW to generated in their dreams. People, please notice smoke and mirrors effort in full swing. Minister in charge with him emotional outbursts should answer.

FRANKENSTEIN Apr 20, 2017 01:20am

I can said this with full credibility. Someone who is working in Bhiki as an Engineer told me that we run the turbines the plant was producing 400 MW but we got a call from WAPDA they ask us to run it under 200 MW. He said our seniors told the that this is a testing process and the plant should run for at least 15 days. But the WAPDA authorities asked them to run it on 200 MW. The reason WAPDA gave was,"Our transmission system cannot sustain this much load" An engineer can second my statement that every transmission line has it maximum limit. I asked my friend so whats the purpose of this. He said that the transmission line cannot hold this much MWs and the whole NESPAK know this but they cannot do much because Govts priority is to build Plants.

In nut shell this plant will never run on its maximum limit ,unless we shutdown expensive rental or IPPs.

Khan Apr 20, 2017 02:25am

Hats off to the PM!

liaquat ali Apr 20, 2017 02:31am

LNG=Liquefied Natural Gas

I can see intelligence of great commentators, "you can not transport LNG in pipes", its liquid gas transportable in special tankers and cylinders, this will be bought from UAE!!, we have natural gas but this does not pay back handers and this too is stolen from pipes so shortage, two main reasons for shortage of power, theft and second lack of water since India has cut us off so Hydro power stations can not work to maximum.

Yes corruption is issue and its not just officials, its 99% of the population at every level!!!!

missireallymiss Apr 20, 2017 03:42am

@jays great minds think alike!

Bilal khan Apr 20, 2017 05:10am

Why did you say we will end load shedding in 6 months when we come in power before 2013 elections!!! It is been 4 years in power and you failed now easy way out is blame previous government!!!

Gp65 Apr 20, 2017 06:17am

@Hussain Your comment is the most thoughtful. Without ensuring that electricity theft is cut down, if you keep adding more generation capacity, you will simply add to non-performing loans in power sector without actually increasing actual generation. The circular debt will also keep on resurfacing.

noor Apr 20, 2017 06:25am


sukhera Apr 20, 2017 07:02am

@DJ.I am not sure about your educational background but it appears to me you don't have the slightest idea on the cost and the time frame to build a power plant.The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes estimates for the capital costs for different types of electricity generators in Cost and Performance Characteristics of New Generating Technologies, Annual Energy Outlook 2017. In January 2017, EIA published Construction cost data for electric generators installed in 2014. Coal fired plants with 30% carbon sequestration which are mostly built in Pakistan,650 MW size takes at least 4 years to build when the capital and technical know how is readily available. All technologies demonstrate some degree of variability in cost/time based on project size, location, and access to key infrastructure (such as grid interconnections, fuel supply, and transportation). In Pakistan the project are entirely dependent on a foreign contractor.Your comments are rude and way out of line.

realistic Apr 20, 2017 09:12am

@pervaiz I belong to the area where these dams are being built. Most of these power plants are on flowing water basis and of small nature and providing electricity to the local population. Let me surprise you that most of the areas where these plants are operational, people are paying Rs. 200/- per month for 24 hours non stop electricity with full voltage. the larger plants are under construction one of them Koto Hydel power plant where i happen to visit twice a month and every time i visit, the progress is visible. KP government is not in the habit of promoting self image at the cost of national exchequer, therefore they are never interested in pre-mature inaugurations.

Milton Apr 20, 2017 01:55pm

Most civilised nations have expert groups of people whose job is to plan and up date the needs of the population some twenty years ahead. Where is such group in Pakistan ? We don't know the size of the population in the next twenty years, do we ?