‘Govt exploring cheap energy sources to overcome power shortage’

ISLAMABAD – Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Wednesday said that the government was exploring cheap sources of energy including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to overcome power shortage in the country.

Answering the questions of media and stakeholders in a seminar on ‘Pakistan’s LNG Import’, he asked to avoid misleading facts and figures on the power projects. He said that he was ready for accountability. Several detailed debates have already been held on power projects at various forums including Senate and relevant Standing Committees, he said. The Ministry of Water and Power would organise a seminar for clearing the misunderstandings and apprehensions about the power generation projects, he said.

There is no corruption in any power generation project, adding, any person having any proof of alleged corruption should approach to Supreme Court for probe. He said that a total of over 40,000 Mega Watt hydel power would be generated in next 20 years. As many as 4000 Mega Watt hydel power would be added in national grid by 2010-21

Responding to a question, he said that Nandipur Power Project was being run by GENCO III and efforts are underway to run the project on full capacity. Nandipur would be shifted to gas within a period of one year, he said. He said that provinces, industrial estates and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have been authorised to import LNG on their own.


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