Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said on Saturday that the country’s power generation capacity was 35,000 megawatts, but that the country was experiencing load shedding due to the Imran Khan government’s incompetence and mismanagement.
The premier, speaking in the National Assembly, said that the closure of various gas and oil-fired power plants had resulted in load shedding in various parts of the country.
Criticizing his predecessor, the prime minister said the previous administration was unconcerned about public issues and referred to them as “stone-hearted.” The country had the ability to produce electricity, but the previous inept government had caused disasters in every aspect of life.
He stated that about 6,000 MW of hydel power could be generated due to glacier melting and water availability, but that the CPEC coal-based plants and new LNG plants, which could produce about 5,000 MW of power, including one set to open in 2019 with a capacity of 1250 MW, had been shut down for the previous four years. During the previous administration, it was unable to generate sufficient power.
Due to their incompetence, corruption, and mismanagement, such projects were not given priority by the PTI government, he added.
He claimed that LNG import prices had risen dramatically, and that they were now hovering around 30-35 dollars per unit. What would have happened if the previous PML-N government had not reached an agreement with Qatar for LNG imports in 2015-16?
Due to a lack of gas or expensive oil, the new plants were unable to generate electricity. The relevant ministries informed him that they were unable to complete the LNG import because no one in the previous administration was willing to oversee such projects.
The prime minister also praised Qatar’s Emir’s personal intervention in securing LNG at a reduced price.
The prime minister, on the other hand, assured us that the serious issues were being addressed on a priority basis. He stated that he had met with the relevant ministries on several occasions.
The prime minister also congratulated Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the newly elected Speaker of the National Assembly, and expressed his hope that he would uphold the constitution and the parliament’s sanctity.