ISLAMABAD  - Minister for Water and Power Ch Ahmed Mukhtar on Thursday said that equitable loadshedding would be ensured throughout the country and reservations of provinces will be removed in this regard.  He said this during a meeting of Committee on Equitable Distribution of Electricity held here under his chairmanship. The meeting was attended by Secretary Water and Power, Chief Secretaries of all the four provinces, GB and AJK, MD NTDC and senior official of provincial power departments and Ministry of Water and Power.

The minister said the committee will finalize its recommendations keeping in view the suggestions of the provinces and report of the technical experts. He again reiterated the commitment of the government to end the energy crises on top priority basis. Later, the provincial representatives made their detailed presentations on their respective provincial energy requirements, power withdrawals, receivables and payables and update of dues cleared by them. They also submitted their suggestions for equitable distribution of electricity.

The meeting decided that the suggestions will be taken up by the technical experts of Ministry and provinces in a meeting to be held after eid-ul-fitr.

It was also decided that the committee constituted by CCI on equitable distribution of electricity will submit its recommendations to the CCI on August, 31 2012.

Online adds:  Ambassador of Germany Dr Cyrill Nunn called on the Federal Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar Thursday and discussed cooperation in various sectors especially energy.

In a meeting that was held here, the Minister briefed the German envoy on the current energy situation, steps being taken to overcome the energy crises and future plan of action to produce cheaper electricity from hydel, coal, wind and solar resources. The Minister stated that existing thermal plants of 4200MW will be converted to coal from furnace oil to produce cheaper energy and the process will be completed in 16 months.

He stated that 250MW wind projects also under construction and start generation shortly. The govt is utilizing all the resources to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

The Ambassador thanked the Minister and said that German companies are already working in the power sector of Pakistan and a number of others are keen to invest in the renewable energy projects. He stated that a conference is being organized in Munich on September 11, 2012 on “Renewable Energy in Pakistan”.

, which will be participated by German companies, businessmen and investors from both the countries to explore potential and other related matters of mutual cooperation in this regard. He said that the conference will help to set a roadmap to develop renewable energy sector in Pakistan with German cooperation. The Ambassador also informed the Minister that the consulate offices of Germany located in Islamabad and Karachi are being electrified with solar energy as a model and will be completed in next six months. Both also discussed the other matters of mutual cooperation.