ISLAMABAD - A high-level meeting on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Water and Power to increase power generation to 13,500MW during the next 10 days for which the Ministry of Petroleum will supply 207 mmcfd of gas to the power sector and ensure requisite fuel supply to power plants.
The Ministry of Finance was directed to provide sufficient funds for the purpose.
It is expected that the power generation will increase by 40 percent from the present level of 10,500MW.
It was also decided to set up a Crisis Management Cell in the Ministry of Water and Power to monitor the situation on a permanent basis to preempt the crisis situation.
The cell will work under the supervision of the Cabinet Committee on Energy.
Distribution companies were asked to ensure equitable distribution of electricity, especially to far-flung and the less-developed regions of the country.
For the purpose of equitable distribution, it was also decided that the distribution network must ensure transparency so that all the regions of the country get fair share of electricity and equal load shedding. It was also decided in the meeting that lift irrigation and agriculture tube wells would continue to be the priority of the government as the major population of the country depended on the sector.
It was also decided that NEPRA will pursue on proactive basis the upfront tariff for the electricity generated by using bagasse. The meeting was informed that the Planning Commission approved a project of 4,000 solar powered tube wells with 50 percent subsidy in the provinces and 100 percent subsidy in Balochistan at a total cost of Rs 13 billion, with a subsidy element of Rs 8 billion.
This will release about 60MW of power for the national grid. The project, according to the Planning Commission, will commence from July 1.