PM inaugurated Sahiwal Coal Power Project, comprising of two plants with a total capacity of 1,320MW. It is one of the early harvest projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At present, it is producing 660MW. It is the biggest coal power project of the country and the first initiative under the CPEC that has been inaugurated. This project has been completed within a span of 22 months which is a new record.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the first Unit of Sahiwal Coal-fired Power Plant in Sahiwal the Prime Minister further said that 10,000 megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid by 2018 and that would help overcome the power load-shedding in the country.
Today is an historic day when your dream has been materialized and 1320 megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Project has been inaugurated,” he said.
Shahbaz said that Sahiwal Coal Power Project is an initiative of CPEC and CPEC is a part of one belt and one road programme. He said that under the CPEC, energy projects are being made in Pakistan with an investment of US$36 billion. He said this investment amount is 40 percent more than the reserves of Pakistan. He said there is no doubt that this historic investment of China is a manifestation of their trust in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif.
Experts are of the view that the true performance of the project shall evaluated only after running of the projects for some time.