A special meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) was held under the Chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (PDSI) Asad Umar, to review the electricity demand and supply situation in Karachi and the steps being taken to address electricity shortages.
CEO KE informed the meeting that the KE system faces electricity shortage which varies from 600 MW early next week to around 150 MW a day ago. He explained the measures being taken by the company to overcome the shortages.
Ministry of Power informed the meeting that all possible assistance is being provided to KE to make sure that a sufficient supply of electricity is available to the people of Karachi.
Minister Planning said that the roles and responsibilities of various stockholders in relation to the supply of electricity to Karachi should be clear to everyone, which should form the basis for accountability in case of failures.
The Committee decided to set up a sub-committee under Shahzad Qasim SAPM on Mineral Resources, to ascertain the reasons, including the fuel supply chain-related issues, which led to the present electricity crisis in Karachi.
The CCOE directed the Ministry of Energy to maintain regular liaison with K-Electric with regard to Karachi’s future power requirements and to make sure that such a situation does not arise in the future.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Advisor Finance Hafeez Sheikh, SAPM on Petroleum Nadeem Babar, SAPM on Mineral Resources Shahzad Qasim and official of various divisions.
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