Energy Crisis: the way forward

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Dr Gulfaraz Ahmed, an alumnus from Stanford University, is an independent energy expert based in Islamabad. Back in the '90s, he held a number of energy sector portfolios in the Government of Pakistan, including Chairman and CEO of OGDCL (1989-94), founding Chairman of Nepra (1995-96), Federal Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources (1996-99), and Member, Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

He also represented Pakistan in major energy initiatives, such as the Trans Asia Pipeline Incorporated (Tapi) project in 1997 and the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project in 1998-99. More recently, he represented Balochistan in the National Finance Commission and negotiated seventh NFC Award for them.

Following are excerpts from his recent interview with BR Research on energy sector roadmap, in which he has advocated a number of measures, over a specific time horizon, to come out of the energy morass. An earlier piece on his take on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline appeared in this space on Friday, June 28. He thinks the government would find it useful to incorporate his views in its upcoming Energy Policy.

Primary Energy Mix

The energy expert calls for substantiating the strengths and covering the weaknesses when it comes to developing an optimal energy mix. He stresses on a two-pronged approach: use the fuels which are more efficient than the others and are relatively cheaper in cost. Thus, the Hydel resource comes on top because once it is developed, it is the cheapest, and also addresses the country's water storage and irrigation woes.

Courtesy: BR

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