Report of probe into power breakdown likely to be public on Monday: Dastgir

ISLAMABAD: Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir has said that report of the inquiry being carried out into power breakdown in southern part of country will likely to be released on Monday (tomorrow).

In a statement on Saturday, the Energy Minister said that the power has been fully restored, adding that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif personally monitoring all matters. “A third-party audit of the inquiry report will be conducted,” the minister said.

“Electricity feeders that were affected during floods have been restored,” he said. The power minister said that the fuel price adjustment has been reduced by Rs9.70 per unit in comparison to the month of June. “The power supply system has been restored in the entire country,” he further said.

The federal minister pointed out the government’s intention to generate electricity from cheaper coal from Thar Coalfield. “We won’t have to pay in dollars for Thar Coal, it has been 10 times cheaper than the imported coal,” Dastgir said.

“The price of electricity will go down with power generation from Thar’s coal.

In a press conference he earlier said that Thar-coal-based electricity generation to jump to 1,320 MW in December this year with addition of 330 MW to the grid.

The minister said that another 1,320 MW Thar Coal power project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would start generation before the next summer which would help double electricity generation from indigenous coal to 2640 megawatt.

Khurram Dastgir said the coal price at the global market has surged to $ 400 per ton, while Thar coal would be available at only $ 40 per ton. Thar coal-based power plants would also help reduce the cost of electricity, he added.

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