- Minister says people will start noticing improvement in power supply from August
KARACHI: A round-table international conference on Thar coal project will be held in the United States next month, Federal Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Tuesday.
The world’s top investors and experts in coal development and power generation have been invited to attend the conference, Ashraf told reporters after attending the cabinet’s Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) meeting at Governor’s House. He said Thar coal could help generate an unlimited amount of electricity.
“Initially, we have planned to generate at least 6,000MW of electricity from the Thar power project in the next one year … we have completed our planning in this regard and this conference will help attract not only foreign investment but also the latest technology in the coal-based power generation.”
Improved power supply: The minister said there would be no load shedding in the country from 2009. “This will be an historic achievement of this government … we will eliminate load shedding from the country for good,” he said.
He said people would start noticing improvement in power supply from August this year.
He said the ECC meeting had decided that Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and GENCOs [power generation companies] of WAPDA would get uninterrupted fuel supply round the year.
“This will help them generate uninterrupted electricity round-the-clock.” He said the meeting also decided that the duration of load shedding would not exceed six hours a day.
He said the government had taken a serious note of the unscheduled load shedding in Karachi by the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).
He said the government had accepted all demands of the KESC management and the PEPCO was supplying 500MW to it “then why they are resorting to more than one-and-a-half-hour load shedding?” app