LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Saturday said the provincial government decided to set up LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) power plant near Sheikhupura that would generate more than 1000 megawatt of electricity.
He was chairing a high-level meeting to review the progress on energy projects in the province. Federal Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi participated in the meeting that agreed upon taking all necessary measures to ensure speedy progress for early completion of energy projects.
Shahbaz Sharif said an all-out efforts were being made for bridging energy demand and supply gap, and traditional and renewable methods were being used for energy generation, while planning had been made for setting up of energy projects through LNG in the province.
The federal cabinet had given approval to setting up of energy projects through LNG at three different places in Punjab and a total of 3600 megawatt electricity would be generated from these projects, he added.
Shahbaz Sharif thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for granting approval to the provision of 200 MMCFD LNG to Punjab. He hoped that a number of energy projects would be generating electricity during next three years and the people would be provided relief by reducing energy crisis. He said that every moment of the nation was precious and the energy projects would be executed transparently and speedily.
The chief minister directed that departments concerned to immediately take necessary steps for LNG power plants and work should be started for laying pipelines and up-gradation of transmission lines at the earliest, assuring that energy projects of LNG would be completed on fast track.
He mentioned that 100 megawatt solar project had been completed in a record period of six months at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Bahawalpur and Punjab government executed the first and biggest solar project in Pakistan history from its own resources. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he added, would soon inaugurate this project.
He said work was continued on the project of generating energy through indigenous coal with the cooperation of China in Salt Range and all possible resources would be provided for ensuring speedy completion of energy projects.
Federal Water and Power Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assured the chief minister of every possible cooperation for early completion of energy projects.
The meeting was also briefed on LNG energy projects in Punjab. Provincial Minister for Minerals Ch Sher Ali, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, MPAs Rana Sanaullah, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Attorney General of Pakistan, Punjab Chief Secretary, Federal Secretary for Water & Power, Chairman NEPRA, Managing Directors of the NTDC, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, NESPAK, PPIB and other officers of concerned federal and provincial departments attended the meeting.