Power production rises 30% over five years

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, due to completing its tenure in the next one month, has announced that it has ramped up installed electricity generation capacity in the country by 30% over the past five years in an effort to overcome the energy crisis.

The installed power generation capacity reached 29,573 megawatts by February 2018 compared to 22,812MW in 2012-13, the government said in the Pakistan Economic Survey 2017-18.

During the period, 39 projects with cumulative capacity of 12,230MW were connected to the national grid. With power shortages being the prime economic challenge five years ago, the government said it cleared Rs480 billion worth of circular debt in mid-2013 which led to the addition of 1,700MW and helped ease load-shedding considerably.

Published in The Express Tribune, 27th April, 2018