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LAHORE, Oct 14 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad
Shehbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to 1320 megawatt coal
power project being set up in Qadirabad near Sahiwal on

He also presided over a meeting at the site of the
project and reviewed the pace of implementation. The chief
minister also witnessed exercises of Special Protection
Unit and talked to the officials.

Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong and Consul General Yu
Boren were also present on the occasion.

Shehbaz Sharif reviewed the pace of work on Sahiwal
Coal Power Project and described the progress made so far
as amazing. He also inspected a large generator installed
at the fifth storey.

Chinese experts gave a briefing to the Chief Minister
on the speed of implementation of the project and informed him about technical aspects.

Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif said that
friends of Pakistan were happy while its enemy was perturbed over projects like Sahiwal Coal Power Project and China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

He said that progress of Pakistan and China depends
on CPEC projects as such projects also plan the future.
He said that economy of Pakistan was improving and employment opportunities were being created.

He said that energy crisis would soon be overcome and
all these successes were the result of ongoing CPEC projects
with the cooperation of China.

The chief minister said that the under construction 1320
megawatts coal power plant in Sahiwal would be completed by June 2017 and would be the first project in energy sector
to be completed in a record period.

He said that a new history was being written through
completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Sahiwal
Coal Power Project. He said that completion of the project
would result in decrease in loadshedding while employment
opportunities would increase.

The chief minister also inspected exercises of Special
Protection Unit set up for the protection of the plant and
Chinese engineers and staff.

He appreciated the practical display of skills of Special
Protection Unit. Talking to the officials of the unit, he
stressed upon them to perform their duties with commitment and efficiency.

Earlier, addressing a meeting at the site of the project,
Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistani nation was thankful to
Chinese government and people for launching CPEC projects
and helping in overcoming energy crisis.
He said that safety of Chinese engineers and labourers
working in Pakistan was the responsibility of the government
and no laxity would be tolerated in this regard. He described
Sahiwal Coal Power Project as the best example of cooperation between China and Pakistan.

He said that pace of implementation of the project was
highly satisfactory and production would start from June next.

He also issued instructions for timely completion of laying
of additional railway track for transportation of imported
coal to the plant and the transmission line.

The meeting also reviewed in detail security arrangements
for the plant and Chinese experts while the Chief Minister
issued instructions for further improvement.

Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong described Sahiwal Coal
Power Project as a milestone in mutual cooperation between
China and Pakistan. “It is a role model for the projects
being completed under CPEC”, he added. He said that the
project would be completed within time frame and it would
be up to international environmental standards.

He said that the project would result in creation of job opportunities for local population as well as economic progress of the area.

He appreciated the vision of Chief Minister Punjab regarding
speedy completion of ongoing CPEC projects in the province
and said that it was helping in implementation of Sahiwal
Coal power project.

He said that Chinese government and companies were also
transferring technical expertise to Pakistan. He said that
completion of CPEC projects would open a new chapter of
progress and prosperity.

The Chinese Ambassador also assured that cooperation
with Pakistan would be continued in all sectors for economic
development. Chinese engineers and staff expressed satisfaction over the facilities provided by the Punjab government at the site of the project.

Shehbaz Sharif also gave gifts to the Chinese working
on the project.