Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today chaired a meeting to review power generation and demand supply situation in the country

October 27, 2017

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today chaired a meeting to review power generation and demand supply situation in the country here at Prime Minister Office today.

The meeting reviewed projected estimates of power generation and the expected demand in the coming four months i.e from November 2017 to February 2018. 

The Prime Minister was informed the average demand for the next four months, calculated on the basis of data received from various discos, stands at around 14452MW while the average net firm generation after deducting any unforeseen outages from IPPs and Gencos would remain at 16865MW approximately. It was informed that the projected surplus for the next four months has been estimated to range between 2400MW to 3400MW approximately.

Taking into account the projected figures, the Prime Minister directed that less-efficient power plants should be closed in a phased manner and every effort should be made to convert oil-based plants to gas in a shortest possible time in view of availability of ample gas for the power sector. 

The conversion of oil-based plants to gas and maximizing the efficiency of the existing power plants would not only reduced oil import bill of the country but would also ensure maximum availability of power, observed the Prime Minister. 

The Prime Minister also directed that greater coordination should be ensured between Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), Private Power & Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited (PLTL) for ensuring availability and maximum utilization of gas for the power sector.

The Prime Minister also directed all relevant stakeholders to increase coordination among themselves for optimum utilization of the available resources and ensuring maximum efficiency in the power sector. Decisions on policy matters, said the Prime Minister, should not be kept lingering as such type of ambivalence creates uncertainty and negative sentiments for the investors.

Prime Minister also emphasized timely completion of the ongoing projects and directed the heads of the relevant organizations to come-up with timelines for the completion of the ongoing power sector projects.