Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired 12th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE) at the PM House here this morning.
The meeting that lasted for nearly three hours, reviewed progress on the decisions of the previous meeting of CCE held on 12th March, 2015.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Water and Power to ensure that LNG based projects are completed within the prescribed timelines.
The Prime Minister was informed that one LNG terminal has been set up while the second one would be ready next month. Both the plants have investment from Pakistani companies worth US$ 1 billion.
The Prime Minister was also updated on the planned 1100-km North-South Gas pipeline which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017.
The Prime Minister reiterated that the timelines decided in the last meeting of the CCE for completion of the open and combined cycle plants of projects for generation of 3600 MW must be strictly followed.
The Prime Minister asked Secretary Water and Power to personally supervise all the projects being planned under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor on daily basis to determine appropriate deliverables for the agreed energy projects during the upcoming high-level visit of Chinese leadership.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministers in the CCE to hold meetings with Chief Ministers giving them detailed briefing regarding the need and urgency of conservation measures, including early closure of shops, marriage halls and restaurants.
He also asked the Ministry of Water and Power to take steps for creating awareness among the general public regarding conservation of electricity.
The meeting decided that marriage functions in Islamabad would be asked to close by 10 pm, shops by 8 pm and restaurants by 11 pm to save electricity. The same pattern would be replicated in Punjab to set an example of other provinces, saving hundreds of megawatts of electricity.
It was decided that production of efficient electrical appliances consuming less electricity would be encouraged including fans, florescent lamps, air conditioners, motors, refrigerators, washing machines and UPS.
The meeting also gave approval of energy audit and energy conservation awareness in industries to save their bills as well as consumption of electricity.
The Prime Minister directed that issue of payment between Ministry of Water and Power and Pakistan State Oil and a comprehensive strategy be devised by the Ministries of Water and Power and Petroleum and Natural Resources in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.
The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Federal Minister for Finance, Mr. Ishaq Dar; Federal Minister for Petroleum, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi; Federal Minister for Planning, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal; Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif; Advisor to PM, Mr. Sartaj Aziz; Minister of State for Water and Power, Mr. Abid Sher Ali; Minister of State for Petroleum, Jam Kamal Khan; Special Assistant to PM, Mr. Tariq Fatemi; Special Assistant to PM, Mr. Musaddik Malik; Punjab MPA, Rana Sanaullah; Secretary to PM, Mr. Javed Aslam; Secretary Water and Power, Mr. Younus Dagha; Secretary Finance, Dr. Waqar Masood; Secretary Petroleum, Mr. Arshad Mirza; Secretary Information, Mr. Muhammad Azam and other senior government officials.