Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, in connection with Sahiwal coal power projects, held a video conference on Monday from Lahore with the president of Hauneng Shandong power generation group in China. Besides president of Hauneng Shandong, other senior officers of the group also participated in the conference and assured completion of 1320MW coal power project in Sahiwal within stipulated period.

Talking to the president of Hauneng Shandong power generation group, the Chief Minister said that work is being speedily carried out on two coal-based power plants of 660 megawatt electricity each in Sahiwal. He said that this project is of vital importance for overcoming energy shortage and instructions have been issued to concerned federal and provincial institutions to dispose of all matters relating to the implementation of the project speedily.

The Chief Minister said that Pakistan and China are bound together in strong ties of friendship which are unprecedented. He said that the sincere efforts to remove darkness from the country with the cooperation of China are being furthered speedily as energy projects play an important role in the strengthening of industrial sector of the country as well as national economy. He said that he is personally monitoring the pace of progress on these projects regularly. He said that 1320MW coal power project will start producing electricity from 2017. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress made on this project so far and thanked Hauneng Shandong and Ryui group for their invaluable cooperation. He also invited President of Hauneng Shandong group to visit the site of Sahiwal coal power project.

President of Hauneng Shandong said that work on Sahiwal coal power project will be continued in accordance with the expectations of Chief Minister and it will be completed within timeline. He said that orders have been given for the purchase of turbines, generators and boilers and all necessary machinery will reach the site of the Sahiwal coal power project before schedule.