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Govt spends around Rs47bln to revamp power transmission system: Omar Ayub

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Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub Khan says the government has spent around 47 billion rupees to revamp power transmission system, which was grossly ignored by the previous regimes.

Talking to media, along with Special Assistant of the Prime Minister on Petroleum Division Nadeem Babar, in Islamabad this afternoon, he said due to efforts of the PTI government, additional 4,275 megawatt of electricity was transmitted in last two years.

The Minister said previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had signed expensive energy agreements to generate costly electricity and ignored refurbishing of the transmission lines.

He said a misappropriation of 80 billion rupees has been detected in Nandipur Power project. He said Federal Investigation Agency has been asked to investigate into this matter. He said PML-N government shifted 70 percent of power generation on imported fuel, which enhanced cost of the electricity in Pakistan. He said now the PTI government is renegotiating expensive agreements with Independent Power Producers to improve the power sector. He said some of the PML-N leaders are misguiding the people by presenting false statistics.

Nadeem Babar said the PML-N government established LNG terminals, but did not build storage. He said now the PTI government is working on construction of North South gas pipeline as well as storage facilities at the LNG terminals. He said the government has invited the private sector for setting up of LNG terminals in the country.

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