LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that the Punjab government was taking steps to resolve the energy crisis speedily and Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur is one of them.

Chairing a meeting which reviewed solar energy projects, the chief minister said that the Punjab government had set up Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park which is the first and the biggest solar power station of the country. He said that this 100mw project has been completed by Punjab government with its own resources within a record period and will soon be inaugurated.

He said that Punjab government is taking speedy steps for resolving the energy crisis being faced by the country and special incentives are being offered to foreign investors for increasing investment in energy sector in the province. The chief minister said that a solar power project of 900 mw is being set up with the cooperation of China and every effort is being made for its completion by the beginning of 2016.

He said that power projects of 10400mw are being set up in the whole country under Pak-China Economic Corridor and Investment agreements of $20 billion have been signed only in energy sector during the recent historic visit of Chinese President to Pakistan.

The chief minister further said that China has not announced such a big investment in any country so far. Credit goes to the whole nation and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that China has offered support to Pakistan at a difficult time, he held.

The chief minister further said that the agreements with China will be implemented speedily and transparently as such historic opportunities are rare and the whole government machinery will work with honesty, commitment and hard work for giving a practical shape to these agreements.

Meanwhile, a delegation led by Executive Director Lahmeyer International, Germany, associated with energy sector, Michael Wunnemann called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, here on Wednesday.

Matters regarding setting up of power stations operated with gas were discussed in the meeting. Talking to the delegation, the Chief Minister said planning has been made for generation of 3600 mw electricity from gas in Punjab. He said that federal government will set up gas-based energy projects of 2400 megawatt while Punjab government of 1200 megawatt with its own resources and this project will be set up near Sheikhupura.

US DELEGATION MEETS CM: A delegation led by Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, US Department of State, Amos J Hochstein met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad, on Wednesday.

Matters of mutual interest and ongoing projects in energy sector were discussed during the meeting. Talking to the American delegation, the chief minister said that efforts were being made for resolving energy problems on priority basis for the durable development of the province and all possible resources are being utilised for this purpose.

American delegation appreciated the steps taken by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif with regard to public welfare projects and speedy development of the province and assured complete cooperation in energy sector.

The delegation included Deputy Chief of Mission of American Embassy in Pakistan Tom Williams, Economic Consular of American Embassy Daniela Ballard, Andrea Richter and Courtenary Dunn.