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A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) was held under the Chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar here in Islamabad on Friday.
Petroleum Division presented the summary of Pakistan Oil Refinery Policy 2021 for approval of CCoE. The proposed policy was discussed in detail. The Chairman of the Committee appreciated the work and efforts of the Petroleum Division and highly knowledgeable and experience professional involved in the formation of this policy. The CCoE approved the Pakistan Oil Refinery Policy 2021 in Principle. However, directed Petroleum Division to revisit the upfront incentive package offered to the existing refineries in the country.
The Power Division submitted a report of the Implementation Committee on the ratification of the IPPs Agreement, under the 2002 Power Policy. After a detailed discussion, the Committee approved the final report of the Implementation Committee and directed the Power Division to proceed with the payments of all 11 IPPs as per the signed agreement except a company whose cases are under investigation at NAB.
Due to the limited availability of natural gas during winters, the consumers need alternative affordable resources for meeting the heating requirements. Hence the winter incentive package for electricity consumers from 1st November 2021 to 28th February 2022 was submitted by Power Division and approved by CCoE. The CCoE directed Power Division that KE consumers should also be included in this package. The Committee also directed Petroleum Division to submit an inverse gas pricing mechanism for the same months within this week.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance, Minister for Energy, Minister for Maritime Affairs, Minister for Railway, SAPM on Power, Petroleum & Revenue. Adviser for Commerce and Investment to Prime Minister. Representatives of regulatory authorities and senior officials of Ministries/Divisions also participated in the meeting.