ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the significant addition of power to the national grid with the completion of ongoing projects will eliminate loadshedding from the country for all times to come.

Chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy at Prime Minister’s House yesterday, the Premier reviewed progress on the ongoing energy projects and expressed satisfaction over the pace of work but at the same time directed the concerned quarters not to let the pace of work slowed down as he wanted to rid the country from load-shedding by year 2018, when the incumbent government would complete its mandated five years term.

Federal Secretary Water and Power Younus Dagha gave a detailed briefing on the timeline of the completion of the ongoing power projects in Pakistan. The Prime Minister was briefed that the power projects will be completed before March of 2018.

The projects that would be completed between the given timeline will include; three LNG power plants (Bhikki, Haveli-Bahadur, Baloki (3600 MW), Chashma 3 & 4 Nuclear (340 MW each), Guddu Gas (400MW), Nandipur Gas 100 MW), Sahiwal Coal (1320 MW), various wind/bagasse (350 MW), Patrind HPP Hydel (147MW), Faisalabad Gas (250MW), Neelum Jhelum (969MW) and Tarbella 4 Extension (1410MW) and Port Qasim Power Plant (1320MW). The meeting was assured total of 11,131 mega watts will be made available to the national grid by the March of 2018.

The meeting was also briefed that all transmission line projects are on track to evacuate ongoing power projects, and billions of rupees have been invested in the existing distribution network to bear the load of additionally generated power through completion of ongoing power projects.

The Prime Minister said that never in the history of the country such a huge investment has been made into the energy sector. The government is not only working to meet the short fall of the energy but is also catering for the future energy needs of the Pakistan. He said that increased power generation would also contribute towards economic growth, employment generation, increased industrial activity and foreign investment.

The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that he would personally monitor the progress on ongoing power projects across the country and will also perform onsite visits of all power projects to ensure their timely completion.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, SAPM Tariq Fatemi and other senior officials.