PM orders timely completion of energy projects

  • Sharif says he will personally monitor progress on a fortnightly basis

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered timely completion of different ongoing power projects, and said he would personally monitor their progress on a fortnightly basis.

Chairing a meeting on energy at the Prime Minister’s House on Saturday, the prime minister said that significant addition of power to the national grid with the completion of ongoing projects would eliminate load shedding for all times to come in Pakistan.

The premier said he would perform onsite visits of all power projects to ensure their timely completion, adding that increased power generation would also contribute towards economic growth through increased industrial activity.

During the meeting, the federal water and power secretary briefed that the year 2016 remained most stable as well as the best period for generation of power during the past ten years.

PM Sharif was briefed about the timeline of different power projects to be completed between the mid-2017 and March 2018.

The projects that would be completed between the given timeline include, conversion of Guddu and Nandipur power plants on gas, three LNG power plants in Punjab, Sahiwal coal-based power plant (1350MW), Port Qasim power plant (1320 MW), two nuclear power plants (650 MW), Neelum Jhelum (950 MW) and Tarbella 4-Extension (1500 MW).

The meeting was assured of active and available addition of power to the national grid by mid-2018.

The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and other senior officials.