3600 MW gas-based power projects to help overcome loadshedding: CM

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LAHORE, May 24 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that work was continuing on 3600 megawatts gas-based power projects in the province.
He said that loadshedding would be overcome to a large extent with the completion of these projects. He said the government was making all out efforts for completing these projects of electricity as per schedule.

He said that Federal Ministries of Water & Power and Petroleum & Gas and other concerned institutions should speedily deal with all affairs with regard to execution of these projects.

According to a handout, the Punjab Chief Minister was talking during a high level meeting at Islamabad, which was attended by Federal Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Petroleum & Gas Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and senior officers of other concerned departments. Senior officials of Ministry of Water & Power, Petroleum & Gas, NEPRA and other concerned departments also attended the meeting.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government was determined to steer the country out of darkness and rid the people of load-shedding. He said that not only load-shedding would be eliminated with the completion of energy generation projects through different resources in the country but electricity would be available in abundance for the industry, agriculture and other sectors of the country in 2018.

The Chief Minister said that by ridding the country of energy crisis, the country could be put on the road to economic development and prosperity, therefore, the government was paying attention to electricity generation projects.

Federal Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Federal Minister for Petroleum & Gas Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that all out help would be provided for the completion of gas-based power projects in Punjab while dealing with the affairs relating to their ministries.

They said that elimination of load-shedding and resolving energy crisis was among top priorities of federal and Punjab governments.

Senior officials of Punjab Energy Department and officers of concerned federal ministries gave special briefing regarding progress of electricity projects and pace of work.