CM visits Sahiwal Coal Power Plant, says nowhere else in the world are projects this big completed in time so little
Says government working round the clock to make up for time lost during sit-ins
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday lashed out at the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) for not announcing the power tariff even after a passage of six months, adding that the Authority was hindering the prime minister’s vision to end load shedding in the country at the earliest.
Addressing the audience during a visit to the Qadirabad Coal Power Project along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Punjab chief minister said that after the passage of six months, NEPRA was only now talking about cost plus tariff.
“Where was NEPRA when 17 cent tariff was given for solar projects,” said a visibly frustrated Shehbaz while addressing the premier. He added that NEPRA was trying to find excuses for hiding its shortcomings but vowed that he would not let it do this. He said that the money belonged to the people of the country and he would not allow it to go to waste at any cost. He requested the prime minister to direct NEPRA to announce tariff for the energy projects.
Shehbaz said that work on Sahiwal Coal Power Project was continuing round the clock and that the project would be completed before the stipulated deadline of December 25, 2017. He said that the project would add 1,320 MW of electricity to the national grid.
He said that projects with this much generating capacity were not completed in less than five years anywhere in the world including in China but Sahiwal Coal Power Plant would be completed in a record period of two and a half years.
The chief minister said that delay was caused in the completion energy projects due to sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) but when the uncertain situation was removed, the Chinese president visited Pakistan and a number of agreements including the ones for power generation were signed. He said that work was being carried out round the clock for making up the time lost due to months of sit-ins by the PTI.
He said that 1.8 billion dollars were being spent on Sahiwal Coal Power Plant, all of which represented Chinese investment.