ISLAMABAD: The government has exempted the industrial sector from power load-shedding besides 6-8 hour power outage for urban and rural areas of the country, respectively. A spokesman for the Ministry of Water and Power Zafaryab Khan told APP here Monday that currently uninterrupted power was being supplied to the industry in order to meet the export orders.
“Zero power outage was being observed to the industrial sector of the country for the last month,” he said.
He said that the power shortfall has also reduced and stood at around 2,300 MW against the total demand of 15,600 MW. Regarding power load-shedding to the domestic consumers, he said that 6-8 hours load-shedding was being observed across the country. However, he said that more load-management was being carried out in areas of high losses and less recovery.
The spokesman said that the government had already expedited work on various power projects having accumulative capacity of 10,500 MW with the assistance of China.
He said that the provinces were also empowered to set up power plants and generate electricity at their own after the 18th Amendment. The government added over 2000 MW to the national grid system by clearing the circular debt of around Rs 480 billion.
The spokesman said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N government has given top priority to the energy sector during the last one year to strengthen economy of the country. He said the government has expedited different short and long-term projects to overcome the energy crisis.
“The government would produce 21,000 megawatt more electricity with the assistance of China in coming 8-10 years,” the spokesman added. He said that Dasu would produce 4220 MW, Diamer-Bhasha 4500 MW, Neelum-Jehlum Hydro Power Project 969 MW, moreover with the import of LNG that would produce 3,600 MW, electricity.
The spokesman said loadshedding would end forever with the extension and completion of Tarbela-IV project, Uch-II power project, Guddu Power Station and Gaddani Power Project. He said that energy production would be enhanced from 1000 to 1,310 mega watt after the upgradation of Mangla Hydel Power Station and it would be completed in three phases.
“The government would invest Rs 16 billion in different projects during current year in Sindh province to produce more energy and the projects included coal, wind energy and solar,” he added. The spokesman said that the province was working with the co-operation of federal government to produce 10,000 MW electricity with Thar coal till 2020. He said the federal government has planned to add 16564 megawatt electricity to the national grid till 2018.