PML-N primarily focused on LNG & coal instead of cheaper fuel: Irsa official

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-N government primarily focused on imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal for power generation instead of cheaper fuel including hydel power generation which accounts for the rise in the price of electricity.

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was earlier Minister of Petroleum, was the main supporter of using imported LNG in power generation instead of relying on more expensive fuels like high-speed diesel and furnace oil.

An official of Irsa told Business Recorder that there is massive capacity for storage of water on the Indus River but to utilize the potential reservoirs must be constructed on the river. Hydel generation is an inexpensive solution to addressing the energy crisis in the country therefore it should be harnessed instead of going for the more costly solution.

Published in Business Recorder, 28th June, 2018