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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Nov 21, 2011

SINGLE AGENCY FOR ENERGY DEV URGED

There is a need to control lines losses, rationalize energy tariffs, establish a single coordinating agency for energy development in Pakistan, appointing competent professional CEO’s and private management for public sector energy enterprises, and abolish all kind of untargeted subsidies, said Shahid Sattar, Member Energy, Planning Commission of Pakistan while addressing the special seminar on “The crisis in Pakistan’s energy sector” organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Thursday. Dr Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI and Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Head, Economic Growth Unit, SDPI, also spoke at the event.

Mr Sattar cited the crisis of efficiency, fuel, finance, financial discipline and governance as the major causes of today’s power crisis in Pakistan. He highlighted there is no central coordinating agency dealing with energy sector as a whole in Pakistan. He said Nepra is misunderstood of being a tariff determining and implementing body but its only mandate is to regulate the power sector with thrust on setting directions for sustainable development of energy sector in Pakistan. He was of the view that no sizeable capacity had been added into system in last 10 years, except extremely costly 3000 MW in the last 18 months which has no positive impact on load shedding because of financial constraints. He suggested that capacity addition needs to be affordable, sustainable and in line with a least cost generation expansion plan. He stressed to focus on improving efficiency in the electricity distribution system where line losses at national level are estimated at 22-23 percent line theft whereas 12 percent technical losses.