Govt striving to generate cost effective electricity: Abid Sher Ali

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali informed the Upper House of the Parliament on Tuesday that the government was working on a number of projects to generate cheap electricity.

Responding to a question during the question hour, the minister said some of the prominent projects include 96 Mega Watt power project at Nandipur, 746 MW project at Guddu, 402 MW at Uch, two coal projects at Thar, three wind power projects of 50 MW each and a solar energy project at Bahawalpur.

Abid Sher Ali further said it was due to the credibility of the government that Qatar and China were investing 50% each for installing the LNG terminal at Port Qasim.

He said the government had also planned to construct Power Park at Gaddani Balochistan, in which, 10 units of 660 MW each would be installed through imported coal in Independent Power Producer (IPP) mode.

20% local while 80% imported coal would be utilized in the project which was estimated to commence in the beginning of 2015 and expected completion date was the end of year 2018, he added.

“There is no environmental hazard due to the project as its survey is conducted by a foreign company,” adding, all the stakeholders were taken on board over the project.

To another question, the minister said the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) had signed five MOUs on behalf of the government for development of coal based IPPs having cumulative capacity of 6600 MW.

He said after the payment of Rs. 503 billion circular debts last year, the generation capacity had enhanced by 1700 megawatts and that the Audit report of the payments, once completed, would be presented before the House.

Abid Sher Ali further said seven to eight hour load-shedding was being practiced in the country, however, the duration was on rise in areas having high power losses.