Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed the concerned authorities to finalise the policy on renewable energy within a month’s time, Radio Pakistan reported.
Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad, the prime minister underscored the need for improved coordination between the relevant departments and called for addressing governance issues in the energy sector.
Imran Khan emphasised upon the need for timely and accurate estimations about demand and supply in the energy sector so as to avoid any interruption in the power supply.
The prime minister was briefed about the current demand and supply situation in the power sector, the projections of petroleum and power division for the next six months, the existing energy mix, and the availability and utilisation of indigenous resources.
It was also briefed about gas management plans of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company for the winter season.
The meeting was briefed that efforts are being made to curtail the duration of gas loadshedding to other sectors such as CNG and captive power plants of general industries.
The meeting decided to immediately notify a ban on any further import of furnace oil.
The prime minister directed that a detailed plan, in consultation with refineries, regarding the upgradation of existing facilities and export of surplus furnace oil should be worked out on priority basis.