ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday directed timely completion of different ongoing power projects across the country and said that he would personally monitor the progress on fortnightly basis.

It was the second meeting in a week time chaired by the Prime Minister on energy projects as he really wanted to see these projects completed before the culmination of his mandated term in 2018.

The interest of the timely completion of these projects could be judged well from the point that the Prime Minister would be personally visiting the site areas of these projects to ensure their timely completion.

Chairing the meeting on energy here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said that significant addition of power to the national grid with the completion of the ongoing projects will eliminate load-shedding for all times to come in Pakistan.

He said increased power generation would also contribute towards economic growth through increased industrial activity.

Federal Secretary for Water and Power briefed the meeting that the year 2016 remained most stable as well as the best period for generation of power during the last 10 years.

The Prime Minister was also briefed about the timeline of different power projects to be completed between mid of 2017 and March of 2018.

The projects that would be completed between the given timeline will include; conversion of Guddu Power & Nandipur Power plants on gas, three LNG power plants in Punjab, Sahiwal Coal Power Plant (1350MW), Port Qasim Power Plant (1320 MW), two nuclear Power Plants (650 MW), Neelum Jhelum (950 MW) and Tarbella 4 Extension (1500 MW).

The meeting was assured of active and available addition of power to the National Grid by the mid of 2018.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and senior officials.