Govt forms project team to execute work on Sahiwal power plants


LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the provincial government has formed a project team to expeditiously execute work on the installation of two coal-power plants each having generation capacity of 660 MW of electricity in Sahiwal District. 
According to a handout, the chief minister said this while presiding over a high-level meeting that reviewed progress on the project on Monday. Punjab Assembly Member Pir Khizar Shah Khagga, additional chief secretary, Sahiwal commissioner, district coordination officer and other officials concerned attended the meeting.
The chief minister expressed the hope that both of the plants with total generation capacity of 1,320 MW of electricity would become operational in two and a half years. 
He said that the government was implementing a solid and comprehensive strategy to cope with acute energy shortage and that focus on generation of electricity through coal was a step towards achieving the goal of self-sufficiency in energy. 
He said that the project had been given a final shape with the help of a consortium of Chinese companies and that its feasibility study had also been prepared. 
The chief minister expressed the hope that the project would usher in a new era of development and prosperity in the area. The Rs 150 billion investment would not only enhance economic activities in the area but will also generate scores of jobs, he added. 
The chief minister also formed a cabinet committee to consistently review matters pertaining to the project. 

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