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PM backs cash boost for Pakistan’s power sector

March 29, 2018

Pakistan’s government is reportedly injecting upwards of around $400 million into the country’s power sector to help ensure reliability of supply during the upcoming summer months and the period of Ramadan.

 

The announcement came after a two-day meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy, presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (pictured) online journal Dawn reported.

 

According to Dawn, Abbasi has directed the power sector to ensure backup power supplies are installed and on standby so there is “no power interruption”, particularly during Ramadan.

 

Abbasi said “all distribution companies should make arrangements for sufficient backup for transformers and other important equipment to deal with sudden breakdowns as quickly as possible in case of a load surge”, Dawn said.

 

“It was observed during the meeting that while enough capacity addition had been made, the peak demand this summer could go up to 26,000MW compared to a maximum power supply of about 22,000MW and success would depend on the carrying capacity of the transmission and distribution network.”

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