ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday urged the private power producers to complete projects assigned to them expeditiously so as to end loadshedding by December this year in line with the governments commitment with the people. The Presidents plea came during a meeting with more than a dozen power producers at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf and federal secretaries for power, finance and petroleum ministries were also present on the occasion. Briefing the media persons about the meeting, Spokesman to President Farhatullah Babar said that the power producers assured the President that their projects would be completed as per contractual obligations before the end of the year. Some producers even claimed that their projects would be completed several weeks, even months, ahead of the schedule, said Farhatullah Babar. The rental power plants, which are expected to be commissioned by the end of the year, are based mostly on gas and furnace oil. A rundown on project implementation was given by the representatives of the rental power plants explaining the progress made thus far and the probable date of the commissioning of the plants. Farhatullah Babar said that on the presentation by a private power producers the President directed the Petroleum Secretary to furnish a report on 16 natural gas fields in Sindh reportedly abandoned by the OGDC as depleted and of no use. The President said with new technological advances the abandoned gas fields should be reactivated to meet the natural gas needs of the new power projects as well as domestic and industrial consumers. According to the spokesman, President also accepted the invitation to inaugurate the 300MW power project in Raiwind before the end of the year. The President also announced to designate Ambassador at Large Khalil Ahmad as the point person to address security issues raised by the power producers due to which foreign manpower was reluctant to work. The President asked the power producers to contact the Ambassador at Large for addressing issues relating to foreign manpower. The President said he would undertake a periodic review of the power sector to ensure that bottlenecks if any were removed and the projected plants came on line as scheduled to end loadshedding. President also called for a separate meeting on utilisation of indigenous coal for power production. The meeting will be held shortly, Farhatullah Babar said.