Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday underlined said that government is taking all possible measures to reduce the gap between demand and supply. According to Spokesman of Ministry of Water and Power, he said during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy Crisis ( CCEC ) held here Thursday under the Chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Water & Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf to discuss the current power situation and related matters. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Shahid Rafi, Secretary Water & Power, Riaz Ahmed Khan, Advisor Water & Power, Salman Siddique, Secretary Finance, Additional Secretary Ministry of Petroleum, Additional Secretary Ministry of Water and Power, MD Pepco, MD PSO, MD KESC and other senior officials of the Ministry of Water & Power, Pepco and SNGPL. The Minister for Water and Power while addressing the meeting said that the government is taking all possible measures to reduce the gap between demand and supply. He said that new IPPs and rental power plants will add to generation which will bring down the duration of load shedding in peak summer. The meeting also observed that the load shedding will come down after increase in the water inflows into the dams that would result in additional hydel power generation as presently the reservoir were empty and hydel generation was at its lowest. The committee directed PSO to enhance KESC's credit line for supply of 2000 MT furnace oil on daily basis. The CCEC also directed PSO to continue the regular fuel supply to IPPs and GENCOs. KESC was directed to ensure maximum power generation to limit the load shedding. KESC informed that there was no load shedding for industrial sector in Karachi. The MD Pepco gave a detailed briefing to the committee on the current power situation and said that due to remedial measures additional power will be injected in the national grid by peak summer after complete rehabilitation of some of the existing thermal power units besides commissioning of some IPPs. The CCEC reviewed the demand and supply situation of electricity as well as oil and gas position for power generation. The committee observed that the power situation would improve by mid April as a result of measures being taken by the government and also because anticipated increase in hydel generation. Earlier, the Managing Director, PSO informed the meeting that the oil supply to the power units will further improve as adequate oil supplies had already been procured and supply line had considerably improved. A number of financial measures were also decided to maintain adequate oil and gas supplies to this sector.