LAHORE, (SANA): Participants of Energy Conference chaired by Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif agreed on power generation from coal here on Thursday. Meanwhile Mian Nawaz has vowed to make all out efforts for overcoming the energy crisis. He said the government would give relief to masses from load shedding at every cost, adding that the uninterrupted power supply to industry would also be ensured.
Heads of distribution companies, officials of the ministry of water and power attended the meeting. The experts submitted their recommendations to the PM about the ongoing energy crisis in the country. It was decided in the meeting that the power plants being running on the oil would gradually be shifted on coal.
The meeting was briefed that that Rs 1 billion subsidy was needed for oil on daily basis to produce electricity.
The experts said that the only way for immediate relief was power production through coal. They suggested that imported coal would be more useful than local coal.
The participants also suggested that private sector experts should be relied upon to cope with the severe energy crisis. Strict action was also decided against the electricity thieves. Nawaz Sharif directed that the oil should be provided to run the closed power plants, adding that equal distribution of gas and electricity should be ensured to all the provinces for ending the unemployment.
Conference headed by Nawaz Sharif was attended by Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan, Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Senator Ishaq Dar, Shaukat Tareen, Senator Parvez Rashid, Mian Mansha, Sartaj Aziz, Salman Shahbaz, WAPDA officials, heads of power distribution companies, energy experts attending the conference. The energy conference was held at the State Guest House.
Meanwhile load-shedding crisis has worsened in the country as the gap between electricity demand and production has reached 6,000 Megawatts.
Current electricity production is 11000 Megawatts against a demand of 17000 Megawatts. Due to increasing demand‚ one to two hours load-shedding is being carried out after every hour in big cities.