ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy here on Wednesday to review the progress of ongoing power sector projects in the country.

Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Secretary Water & Power and senior officials of the relevant ministries attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed progress on the ongoing power projects to see whether the timelines of the schedule of activities were being observed. The meeting also reviewed the status of energy projects which are in the pipeline.

Secretary Water & Power gave the meeting an update on the energy projects and also dilated on arrangements for evacuation of the electricity to be produced in future. Secretary Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources gave an overview of the supply of natural gas and fuel that would be needed to facilitate the upcoming power projects .

Secretary Water and Power later also briefed the meeting about the current state of power generation in the country. He said that in line with the Prime Minister’s instructions, maximum facilitation has been provided to general public during the holy month of Ramadan by ensuring smooth and uninterrupted supply of electricity at the time of Sehar and Iiftar. A proper mechanism has been in place to address complaints of any breakdown. Despite severe heat wave experienced in early May and the resultant increased power usage, load management has been carried out with due care. Furthermore, no power unit suffered any shut down this summer which helped maintain supply of electricity to the optimum possible level.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the Prime Minister had desired a detailed update on the progress of ongoing projects and emphasized expediting work on these projects. He directed the Ministry of Water & Power to ensure completion of ongoing projects as per schedule. A detailed report containing up-to-date progress would be submitted to the Prime Minister.