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Pakistani PM approves start of work on Gadani, Port Qasim power plants
Publication Date : 15-10-2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday gave approval to immediate start of work on the installation of two power plants in Gadani and Port Qasim.
Presiding over a meeting which discussed the energy situation in the country, the prime minister issued directives to the Ministry of Water and Power to establish a dedicated project management office for tracking progress on these projects.
He was informed that a coal-based power project with the assistance of Asian Development Bank was being launched in Jamshoro which would be completed in two years.
The prime minister said work on these projects should be carried out on a war footing. Any lapse in implementation of directives would be unacceptable, he warned.
Sharif was briefed about the medium-term initiatives to overcome the power shortage that included wind energy generation of 2,000MW by 2016, regional CASA project of 1,000MW by 2017, Tarbela-V extension project by 2017 and development of 1,000MW project at the Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park by the government of Punjab.
Besides, the Punjab government has agreed to start work on a power plant at Port Qasim.
The prime minister was also briefed about government’s efforts to reduce line losses and progress on the Neelum-Jhelum and Nandipur power projects.