‘Intergrated energy plan vital for next 25 years’

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Petroleum Nadeem Babar said the government was working on an integrated energy plan to meet next 25-year needs of the country. “We are working on a complete integrated energy plan for next 25 years with an aim to ensure availability of electricity, oil and gas to consumers at affordable rates and in sufficient quantity,” he said while addressing a daylong international conference on LNG here.
The conference, organized Energy Update, a trade magazine, was aimed at addressing the issues related to Pakistan’s energy requirements and determining the role of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to bridge the energy shortfall in an efficient manner.
He underlined the need for overcoming the energy shortages and providing the commodities at affordable rates besides stopping their wastage.
“Make energy cheaper and consumption will double,” he said, adding that this strategy would give a substantial boost to industrial sector and economic activities in the country.
Under its ease of doing business plan, the SAPM said the government had removed a number of bureaucratic hurdles to facilitate private sector in the energy sector.
He said the government intended to shrink its footprint in the energy sector by encouraging private sector to compete government sector entities.
During the last 16 months, Nadeem Babar said the government had taken a number of steps that would have positive impact on the energy sector in the coming years, but “we are not realizing these measures right now. We have been living in the past and denying the present… but we have to move the energy sector where it has to be.”