The integrated energy planning regime is important to provide and update a roadmap for Pakistan energy sector for achieving greater energy self-sufficiency by pursuing policies / plans that are affordable and sustainable says Sartaj Aziz
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Reform Sartaj Aziz said that the support of the development of integrated energy is one of the components ongoing Pak- Us collaboration in energy sector.
The first meeting of steering committee was held today in the ministry of planning development under the chairmanship of Mr. Sartaj Aziz, the preliminary session of steering committee was also attended by US ambassador Mr. David Hail.
To stream line the integrated energy planning in Pakistan government has also constitutive a steering committee on integrated energy planning under the chairmanship of deputy chairman planning commission. Secretary ministry of planning and development and reform, secretaries of power division, petroleum and nature resources division and economic affair division are its members.
The deputy chairman Sartaj Aziz said in his opening remarks of the committee meeting stated that the Pakistan’s current access to electricity and clean fuel (gas) are estimated at 62% and 25 % respectively while energy efficiency ratio is not encouraging. The energy efficiency potential in power sector only, however, is estimated at around 3,500MW. To provide 100% energy access to its growing population and meet its economic development targets a long term integrated energy planning approach, therefore, is required. This warrants an energy mix plan which consider both the provision of energy supplies and role of efficiency in meeting the demand.
He said that Pakistan’s current primary energy supply mix reveals that it is heavily depended on imported oil 43% followed by depleting local gas production i.e. 36% and hydel electricity 13%. The situations aggravated further when we see that 63% of power generation comes from costly thermal based (Oil & Gas) power generation units compelling government to spent considerable amount on electricity subsidies which has also given birth to circular debt issue. This scenario needs to be reversed in a planned way.
Sartaj Aziz further reveled that USAID/DOE support for revitalizing Pakistan IEP, therefore, is a welcome initiative. While developing Pakistan's analytical expertise in integrated energy planning I, however, would like to emphasize that it should add value to existing strengths. Furthermore, development of integrated energy planning should not be taken just as developing a computer based model or tools but it should be viewed with a holistic approach. I would like to emphasis enhancing project planning capacity of energy sector stake holders in project designing based on business model and securing financing on favorable terms from the continuously evolving competitive financial market.