Islamabad -  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was informed on Friday that the country will have 2400 to 3400 megawatts (MW) surplus electricity for the next four months starting from November to February 2018.

The premier was informed about the surplus electricity during a meeting that reviewed the power generation and demand situation in the country.

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

The prime minister was informed that the average demand for the next four months, calculated on the basis of a data received from various Discos, will stand 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 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 the 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 reduce oil import bill of the country but would also ensure maximum availability of power,” the prime minister said.

PM Abbasi also issued directives that greater coordination should be ensured between the Central Power Purchasing Agency, the Private Power and Infrastructure Board and the Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited (PLTL) for ensuring availability and maximum utilization of gas for the power sector.

The prime minister also issued directives to all stakeholders to increase coordination 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.

The prime minister also urged for timely completion of the ongoing power projects.

APP adds: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Media Affairs Dr Musadik Malik said Friday that the PML-N government had delivered in four years and overcame many issues including power loadshedding, he said.

He said Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government would complete its constitutional term and elections would be held in 2018.

Popularity of political parties would be determined in general elections and people would elect their government, he said while talking to a private news channel.

He said in a democratic system, one who get maximum votes, win and represent the people and this was the only way to take on the process. Musadik Malik said every political party had the right to criticise the government but use of words should be careful.

He said Sharif family was facing cases against them and appearing before the courts despite the fact that they also had to visit ailing Kalsoom Nawaz in UK.

Musadik said despite having reservations, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif implemented decision of the Supreme Court.

He said Panama Papers issue was about corruption but Nawaz Sharif was disqualified on having an Iqama.


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