ISLAMABAD – The country would have surplus electricity between 2400 to 3400 megawatt during the next four months.

The information was given to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a meeting held in Islamabad on Friday to review the power generation demand-supply situation in the country.

The meeting reviewed projected estimates of power generation and the expected demand in the coming four months from next month to February next year.

The prime minister was informed the average demand for the next four months, calculated on the basis of data received from various discos, stands at around 14452mw. The average net firm generation after deducting any unforeseen outages from IPPs and Gencos would remain at approximately 16865mw.

PM Abbasi directed that less-efficient power plants should be closed in a phased manner. Every effort should be made to convert oil-based plants to gas in a shortest possible time in view of the availability of ample gas for the power sector.

The prime minister also directed that greater coordination should be ensured between Central Power Purchasing Agency, Private Power and Infrastructure Board and Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited for ensuring availability and maximum utilization of gas for the power sector.