KARACHI (APP): Prime Minister Abbasi said the US$ 2 billion 1320 MW coal-fired power project, initiated under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), reflected the vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
He said the 660 MW first unit of the project had been completed in 30 months – ahead of schedule and he had been assured that the second unit of 660 MW would also be completed ahead of the schedule and to be inaugurated in February 2018.
The prime minister said the 1320 MW coal power project, jointly developed by Power China Resources Limited and Al Mirqab Capital of Qatar, was not only producing the cheapest power but also was an environment-friendly.
He said the completion of the first unit of coal-fired power project was a significant milestone in CPEC, and for that, both Power China Resources Limited and Al Mirqab Capital should be congratulated. The prime minister said Pakistan was fully committed to CPEC, which was bound not only to push economic growth and prosperity in the country but was also creating job opportunities for the youth.
Highlighting the governmentís performance during the last over four years, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, when the PML-N government came into power in 2013, the country was facing severe power shortages and there were blackouts of up to 16 hours daily.
Now I can say with full confidence that Pakistan has surplus power generation, he added. He said the PML-N government launched various power projects and completed them, adding, even the 400 MW Nandi Pur power project, which was lingering on over the last ten years, was completed by the present government. This is the reality of PML-N government, he remarked.