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One LNG terminal completed other will finish next month: Cabinet Committee

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered to complete Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) based projects within the given timeframe.

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Presiding 12th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad on Wednesday, he directed the projects of combined cycle plants for the production of 3600 megawatt must be finalized on time.

The Prime Minister was briefed that one LHG terminal has been established while the next one would be prepared by next month. Both the plants have investment form Pakistan companies worth $1 billion. The premier was also updated on the planned 1100-km North-South Gas pipeline which is likely to be finalized in the first half of next year.

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Nawaz Sharif asked Secretary Water and Power to personally administer all the projects being queued to be worked on under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor on regular basis. The premier directed the Minister to stage meetings with Chief Ministers bearing them out detailed briefing concerning the requirement and urgency of conservation measures, including early closure of shops, marriage halls and restaurants.

It was decided during the meeting that marriage functions in the federal capital would be ordered to shut down by 10 pm, shops by 8 pm and restaurants by 11 pm in order to save electricity. The same scheme would be applied in Punjab to bear out an example for other provinces, saving a heap of megawatts of electricity.

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