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PM directs closing of less-efficient power plants

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi has 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 availability of ample gas for the power sector.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting held here Friday to review power generation demand-supply situation in the country. The meeting reviewed projected estimates of power generation and the expected demand in the coming four months from next month to February next year.
Prime Minister said the country would have surplus electricity between 2400 to 3400 megawatt during the next four months.
He was informed the average demand for the next four months, calculated on the basis of data received from various discos, stands at around 14452MW. The average net firm generation after deducting any unforeseen outages from IPPs and Gencos would remain at approximately 16865MW, he was told.
The Prime Minister also directed that greater coordination should be ensured between Central Power Purchasing Agency, Private Power and Infrastructure Board and Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited for ensuring availability and maximum utilization of gas for the power sector. He also instructed consolidate coordination among all concerned circles for utilizing available resources in power sector. He said decisions must not be delayed owing to policy affairs because this situation creates negative impacts and atmosphere for investors. He also directed heads of the departments to ensure timely completion of continued projects and also present time-frame for continued power projects.

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