ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday directed to speed up work on LNG power plants and Sahiwal coal power plant at PM House today.

Prime Minister asked the concerned ministries and departments to finalise all required procedures for intime commencement of work on the power plants.

The Prime Minister also directed to ensure observance of legal formalities in the preparatory work and agreements and to maintain transparency relating to all aspects of the projects.

Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Water & Water, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and secretaries and high officials of the ministries concerned attended the meeting.

Over 10,000MW to be added to national grid by Dec 2017: Dar

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday reiterated government's resolve to bridge the demand-supply gap of electricity and said 10,000 plus megawatts would invariably be added to the national grid by December 2017.

He made these remarks while chairing a meeting of senior officials of Ministry of Finance and Water & Power to review the current energy sector profile of the country. The meeting focused on funding from development partners including World Bank, JICA and ADB for energy sector and emphasised efforts to expedite work on Diamer Bhasha hydropower project. There were also detailed deliberations on three LNG based power plants of 1200MW each.

The Minister sought update from the Ministry of Water and Power on measures to augment the north-south gas pipeline, which he said, is crucial for successful implementation of these projects. The Minister on this occasion also referred to his meeting with the German Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation and said he welcomed German cooperation in different realms, particularly renewable energy sector. The Minister added that US Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Jarrett Blanc also in his meeting the other day said that energy sector cooperation would be an important area for talks during planned visit of the Prime Minister to USA later this year. In that backdrop, Minister Dar emphasised preparation by Ministry of Water & Power for discussion on energy sector projects during the visit.

It may be recalled that the Minister last month had given instructions for regular coordination meetings of both ministries to keep track of power sector developments. The meetings are being held accordingly.