PM approves two more coal-fired power plants


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday approved two additional coal-fired power plants in Gadani in the mode of independent power producer.

The approval to this effect was granted by the prime minister in a meeting held here under his chair to review the pace of work on Gadani power project. The prime minister said that attractive tariff for coal-fired power plants had drawn investors from the world to invest in the power projects in Pakistan.

He also appreciated the Chinese investment in energy sector and especially Gadani Power Park. During the meeting, the prime minister also directed that sufficient funds should be allocated for these additional projects in the public sector development programme. Earlier, the prime minister was given a detailed briefing on the status of the project.

He was told that the feasibility study of the infrastructure installation would be completed by end of June which included geo-technical investigation, water resource survey, jetty break water and cooling water intake system.

The environment impact system study would be completed by June 30. Prime Minister Nawaz Zharif was told that work on land levelling and grading on the site would start within three weeks and be completed in three months.

He was also briefed that the coal handling and conveying system infrastructure would be installed in 22 months. Similarly, jetty break water and allied infrastructure would be completed in 32 months.