PM calls power outages unacceptable

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Nawaz tells officials to reduce gas supply to CNG sector

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday at the PM’s House to review electricity generation and load shedding in the country.

He was briefed about load-management plan for May, June and July. The prime minister issued orders to bring down load shedding to six hours in urban and seven hours in rural areas in next few days. He declared existing level of load shedding unacceptable.

Nawaz directed the officials concerned to shift gas from fertiliser 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.

Nawaz was briefed that additional 1,000 megawatt would be added from the hydro sources on the May 11 and by the end of this month 3,500 megawatts more from hydro sources would also be added. He directed the finance, petroleum and water and power ministries 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.

Nawaz also directed to reactivate dormant power stations. He directed officials to shift the fuel supply through railway to powerhouses to avoid leakages, pilferage and corruption.

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