Load-shedding to be made a reference of history by 2018: PM

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 30 (APP): Chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy here at the PM House on Tuesday, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that significant addition of power to the national grid with the completion of ongoing projects will eliminate load-shedding in Pakistan for all times to come.

Federal Secretary Water and Power Younus Dagha gave a
detailed briefing on the time-line of the completion of the
ongoing power projects in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister was briefed that the power projects
will be completed before March 2018, a press release issued
by the PM Office here said.

The projects that would be completed between the given
time-line will include; three LNG power plants (Bhikki,
Haveli-Bahadur, Baloki (3600 MW), Chashma 3 & 4 Nuclear (340) MW each, Guddu Gas (400) + MW, Nandipur Gas 100 + MW, Sahiwal Coal ( 1320 MW), Various Wind/Bagasse (350 )MW, Patrind HPP Hydel (147 )MW, Faisalabad Gas (250 MW), Neelum Jhelum (969 MW) and Tarbella 4 Extension (1410 MW) and Port Qasim Power Plant (1320 MW).

The meeting was assured that a total of 11131 mega watts
will be made available to the National Grid by March 2018.

The meeting was also briefed that all transmission line
projects are on track to evacuate ongoing power projects, and billions of rupees have been invested in the existing
distribution network to bear the load of additionally
generated power through completion of ongoing power projects.

The Prime Minister said that in the history of the country such a huge investment had never been made into the energy sector.

The government was not only working to meet the energy
short-fall but was also catering for the future energy needs
of the Pakistan, he added.

The Prime Minister said that increased power generation
would also contribute towards economic growth, employment generation, increased industrial activity and foreign investment.

The Prime Minister said that he would personally monitor
the progress on ongoing power projects across the country and would also visit the sites of all power projects to ensure
their timely completion.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Ishaq
Dar, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi  and senior officials.