New gas pipeline to be laid with Russian cooperation: Omar Ayub

HYDERABAD: Federal Energy Minister Omar Ayub on Wednesday announced that Pakistan is planning to lay down a new gas pipeline with the cooperation of Russia.

While announcing that gas reservoirs of the country are witnessing a fast decline, he blamed the PPP and PML-N for doing nothing during their previous tenures for tackling the situation.

“They did not sign any tender for new gas reservoirs,” he added.

The minister said that the recent hike in power tariff is also due to agreements signed by the previous governments, adding that the incumbent government has signed an agreement to produce electricity from solar power at the rate of Rs6.5 per unit.

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On the overall power situation in Hyderabad, Omar Ayub said that they would improve the HESCO system by installing more feeders. “We will also continue our action against power theft in the city.”

He said that a major energy crisis could emerge in the near future in the country, however, they would soon launch projects to overcome it.

He also rejected the opposition’s demand for re-election and said that the polls would be held on time after the incumbent government completes its five-year tenure.

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