Low-cost electricity priority of government: Khawaja Asif

GUDDU: Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif said on Monday that minimizing loadshedding to zero and electricity supply to consumers at lower tariff were top priorities of the government.

Khawaja Asif said this while addressing a ceremony after Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated integration of two gas turbines with overall electricity generating capacity of 486 megawatt at Guddu.

The two gas turbines started functioning today to add 486 megawatt of electricity to the national grid while a third 261 megawatt unit would be operational next month to increase overall impact to 747 megawatt under a Rs 60 billion combined cycle power project at Guddu, the minister said.

Khawaja Asif said the government took special interest in addressing an acute energy shortfall from the very first day of its takeover and added 1700 megawatt to the system.

He termed inauguration of the Guddu power station’s capacity enhancement project a good omen in line with government’s efforts to end loadshedding.

The minister said the government was paying special attention to hydal power production while power generation from coal in Thar and Gaddani power projects was among its priorities. The government is also making hectic efforts to complete projects including the Nandipur power project, he added.

He thanked China for its friendly support for completion of the project, adding that Chinese banks contributed 85 per cent of funding through soft-term loans.

The government is also focusing on import of LNG to accelerate the growth rate by providing energy support to the industry and facilitating the people, he said.

The project was jointly executed by Genco Holding Company Pakistan, Central Power Generation Company Limited Guddu and the Chinese Company, Harbon Electric International.

Source: APP