ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif Tuesday called to formulate a roadmap for a a secure future energy vision, aimed at developing indigenous scientific and industrial capacities to exploring energy reserves.
He was addressing as Chief Guest at the National Energy Conference on Prospects of Power Generation, organized by South Asian Strategic Institute (SASSI) University, here.
He acknowledged that the geographical position of Pakistan not only makes it a potential energy exporter but also a trade and energy corridor for South and Central Asia and due to this advantage, Pakistan can maneuver itself in a way that significantly increases its bargaining power in the region and beyond.
He said that role of Science and Technology in growth of the country is important and the government is making extensive efforts to utilize its resources for providing energy.
The government is focusing to overcome energy crisis and making efforts to generate energy through Coal, Wind, Solar,Nuclear,Thermal and Hydel projects to fulfill the energy requirements, he added.
The minister said that 680 MW, of electricity would be included in the National Grid next year, while work on different stalled projects is under process to add more 7000 MW electricity in National Grid.
He said that a total of 2000 MW electricity would also be included in National Grid through Solar by mid of 2017. Chashma-3 and 4 are under construction which will be completed with in two years adding that Dia Mir Bhasha Dam was also under construction, he added.
The minister said that electricity shortfall would be covered till 2017 after including 7000 MW electricity through different projects.
He said that anomalies regarding under-utilization of water should also be cleared as according to the data provided by the IRSA about water utilization, Punjab used 11 percent less water while Sindh 17 percent, Khyber Pkhtunkhwa KPK 28 percent and Blochistan 33 percent.
Defence analyst and Chairperson of South Asian Strategic Institute (SASSI) University, Dr. Maria Sultan, during her welcome address, said that economic growth and industrialization in a globalized world today is inextricably linked to the continuous availability, access, diversity and modernization of energy resources.
“Pakistan is subjected to international diplomatic and political pressure, by the select few, over its efforts of diversification of its energy imports,” she said, while quoting the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline issue.
She said this has exacerbated the energy crisis in Pakistan.
“Second example is the transfer of civil nuclear technology to India, by the powerful few, circumventing the established international norms of nuclear non-proliferation,” Dr. Maria said,
Regretting that the same access is not allowed to Pakistan in the global nuclear energy market which leaves Pakistan with very few options to turn around the energy crisis.
The demographic factor is strength for Pakistan which can significantly be used for tapping and optimizing the energy resources under an alternative economic thought, she added.
Mohammad Anwar Habib, Chairman of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), Dr. Ansar Parvez, Advisor on Nuclear Power National Command Authority and other Energy Experts also attended the conference to exchange their views.
Replacing privatization with increased state management of installed power producing units, exploring and distributing natural resources, focus on research and development of renewable alternative energy resources, mandatory energy assessment, less taxation, ending the role of Breton woods institutions in managing the energy crisis were amongst some of the topics that came under discussion for overcoming the energy crisis.