Integrated energy management mode is critical for Pakistan: Ahsan Iqbal

Islamabad, February 08, 2016 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal today said that integrated energy management model is critical for Pakistan and would closely work with USA for development of this model to ensure efficiency and management in energy sector.

He stated this while talking to a delegation of USA Energy Department, headed by Jonathan Elkind, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Department of Energy, which called on him at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. Ahsan Iqbal stated, “Pakistan can benefit from the expertise of USA to enhance capacity and improve efficiency in power sector. Pakistan would welcome USA’s assistance in energy sector of the country as part of its efforts to cope with the acute energy shortage.

Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan not only faces the energy shortage but also needs to upgrade the electricity transmission and distribution system in order to sustain the additional power. Apart from that Pakistan faces line losses problem, thereby needs to introduce structural reforms in energy sector. Minister said that present government is working on all these areas on priority basis with a holistic approach to overcome the crisis shortly. Ahsan Iqbal also highlighted the policy of the government to diversify the energy mix to ensure affordable and clean energy in the country.

He said that new power projects would be operationalize in next three to five years, adding additional power in the national grid. Ahsan Iqbal said that joint declaration during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to USA includes the cooperation in energy sector, which manifests broader spectrum of cooperation between the two countries. USA Delegation head Jonathan Elkind appreciated the efforts of the present government to overcome the energy shortage in the country and said that Pakistan benefit from the expertise of USA in energy efficiency, renewable energy, grid modernization etc.

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