1263MW Punjab Power Plant Ground breaking ceremony held

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has formally opened the work on 1263MW Punjab Power Plant in Haveli Bahadur Shah area of Jhang District. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Power Awais Khan Leghari and Minister of State for Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali accompanied the Prime Minister as they earlier unveiled the plaque to launch work on the project that would complete in two phases. Ambassadors of China and Germany also attended the ceremony.

The first phase of the LNG-fuelled project would complete in 14 months and generate 810MW electricity while after completion of the second phase in 26 months, the power production would reach total 1263 MW. The prime minister said the power project initiated by the Pakistan Peoples Party government could not produce single kilowatt electricity even after 30 months rather indebted the country by Rs 80 billion. Contrarily, the incumbent government executed four projects in 20 months to contribute around 3600 MW of electricity to the national grid, he added.

He spoke high of the Punjab chief minister for overseeing the execution of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plants saying the country could never have overcome load-shedding in the absence of those plants.