Govt flexing muscles to manage power supply in summer
- Mar 20, 2023 1:19 pm GMT
The government is mulling multi-pronged strategy to cope with upcoming power shortage issue during summer despite economic turmoil and rising fuel prices following
Since uninterrupted power supply is considered as crucial for development of industrial, agricultural and domestic sectors, its smooth supply to domestic consumers is equally important.
Therefore, the present government is vigorously pursuing the arrangements to overcome load-shedding in coming summer and provide respite to industry and common consumers in scorching heat.
Rising fuel prices and new energy situation after
'We are taking pragmatic steps to overpower load-shedding by focusing on generation, transmission and energy conservation to provide maximum relief to people,' stated Minister for Power Division
'The present government has already added 1,980 MW cheap electricity to the system from Thar coal reserves in just 10 months besides 720 MW and 1100 MW from Karot Hydropower and K-3 Nuclear Power Plants,' he added.
'Efforts of the then PML-N government, had not only controlled load-shedding but also surplus power was available in the system,' he remarked. 'But, criminal negligence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government had delayed number of projects draggin the country to darkness once again.'
He informed that total power generation from Thar coal stood at 2640 MW with formal commissioning of 1320
Khurram said there were 175 billion tons coal reserves at Thar that were sufficient to generate 100,000 MW electricity. Moreover, Bolan-Gawadar Transmission Line has also been completed to import 100 MW electricity from
Regarding 6,000 MW PM's solar energy project, he said the request for proposals to set up first 600 MW solar project at Muzzaffargarh has been sought and open bidding for it would be held on
He said over 150,000 industrial and commercial consumers were being shifted to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) System by June to control power pilferage by ensuring round-the-clock monitoring of meters.
The minister informed that bidding process for installing 1-4MW Solar Micro-Grid stations in rural areas is also on cards as the government has already waived sales tax and duties on the purchase of solar panels. 'Easy loans were also being disbursed among the people for installing solar panels on minimum interest rate.'
As the Prime Minister has already inaugurated 1,100 MW K-3 nuclear power plant in
An overview of the measures reveal that solarization of the government entities would save 300 to 500 MW per month, massively slashing the fuel import bill.
Under the National Energy Conservation Plan, judicious utilization of energy would be ensured and early closure of restaurants, hotels, and markets and production of incandescent light bulbs and inefficient electricity fans would help the government save around
Production of inefficient electricity fans will be stopped from 1st July as they alone consume 12,000MW electricity. Additional duties would be levied on production of such fans to save
Usage of streetlights is also being curtailed to 50%, hoping to save
Around 30% reduction in electricity consumption at the government institutions has also been announced while the
The government has also released
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