PM inaugurates Uch-II power project in Balochistan

PM inaugurates Uch-II power project in Balochistan

nwaz shrifDERA MURAD JAMALI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated on Friday the 404MW Uch Power Project-II in Dera Murad Jamali, Balochistan.

Addressing the ceremony, the premier said that the government would fulfill the electricity shortage in the country within two and a half years’ time. The Prime Minister stressed on the need for carrying forward all institutions together for the country’s prosperity.

On the occasion, the premier also announced that new power lines would be laid in Balochistan’s Nasirabad and Sibi Division areas.

This was the second major power project to be inaugurated by the prime minister in a week. Earlier on April 21, the premier had inaugurated commissioning of additional power units at the Guddu Thermal Power Plant.

According to the reports, with the inauguration of the second unit (Uch-II) having capacity of 404 megawatts, total output of the Uch power plant has risen to 990 megawatts.

The plant has been constructed by GDF-SUEZ, a French company. The project will produce cheap and affordable electricity from natural gas.

The project will not only help in curtailing the present power shortages but also provide cheap electricity to the consumers and save precious foreign exchange in oil imports.

Prime Minister announced that government would ensure provision of natural gas to each and every city of Balochistan within three years. He added that the government would overcome the energy crisis in three years.

The Prime Minister directed Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to personally monitor this project and ensure its completion on time.

The Prime Minister made the announcement after inaugurating the 404 megawatt Uch II Power Plant at Dera Murad Jamali that will contribute an aggregate of 990 MW gross electricity to the national grid. The Uch II Power Plant the Independent Power Plant (IPP) has been constructed by GDF SUEZ a French company presently working in 70 countries.

The Prime Minister said Balochistan was neglected in the past but the democratic government would take necessary steps to mitigate the sense of deprivation of people of the province.

He said his government had planned a big development programme for Balochistan and its people.

He announced installation of two separate power lines from Uch II Power Plant to Naseerabad and Sibbi Divisions of Balochistan. The Prime Minister said the power project was significant mainly for two reasons firstly it would be based on an indigenous gas by substituting expensive liquid fuel thus saving foreign exchange and secondly it has been set up in Balochistan.

He commended the contribution of GDF Suez for successful commissioning of the project which he said was a valuable addition to the national grid.

He said GDF Suez had been a reliable energy partner for Pakistan for many years and was also playing its role in the socio economic development of the province. He invited the French company to undertake more investment in Pakistan’s energy projects.

Nawaz Sharif said the electricity shortfall in the system had a very negative impact on the development of the country. He said new power projects were being constructed using conventional and renewable energy resources and technologies.

He mentioned that the government’s steps in this regard including clearing of Rs 500 billion of circular debt and initiating the work on Neelum Jhelum project and Nandi Pur project that will add 959 MW and 425 MW to the national grid respectively.

Besides development of Thar Coal Project Jhimpir project in Sindh and solar projects in Punjab are also prominent steps to overcome power shortage he said.

Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said the project would contribute to overcoming the energy shortage and would invite further foreign investment in Balochistan.

He said the project will not only help in curtailing the present power shortages but also provide cheap electricity to the consumers and save precious foreign exchange in oil imports.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resource Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Minister of State Abid Sher Ali were also present.

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