BAHAWALPUR – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the first phase of the Quaid-e-Azam solar power project at Bahawalpur which would add 100 megawatts electricity to the national grid by the end of 2014, through 400,000 solar panels at a cost of $131.15 million.
The project is a joint venture of the Punjab government, Bank of Punjab and a Chinese company TBEA Ltd, producing a total of 1000mw electricity solely from the solar energy. The completion time of the project producing 1000 megawatts is 2.5 years.
The ceremony was attended by Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, TBEA Ltd President Zhang Jianxin, provincial ministers and lawmakers and huge number of residents. Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park Project Chairman Arif Saeed was also present.
Prime Minister Nawaz thanked the Chinese guests for providing technical assistance in the largest solar power project of Pakistan. He said that 2,100km Pak-China Economic Corridor would include special economic zones, railway system and model city, airport and free port at Gawadar, Karachi to Lahore Motorway and many more projects that would not only strengthen Pakistan’s economy but also be beneficial for our great friend China.