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All-out effort to resolve energy crisis: CM

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistan is facing energy crisis which has affected all sectors of life including economy. He said steps are being taken on emergent basis for overcoming the problem of energy shortage. He said a number of agreements of cooperation have been made with the local and foreign energy companies and steps are being taken for speedy implementation. The Chief Minister said vast opportunities of investment exist in energy sector and the government is providing all facilities to the investors under one roof. He said cooperation in energy sector in Punjab by international company General Electric will be welcomed.

He said this while talking to a delegation of the General Electric led by President and Chief Executive General Electric Middle East, South Africa and Turkey Nabil Habayeb which called on him at Model Town. Provincial Minister for Energy Sher Ali Khan, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretary Energy, Secretary Agriculture, CEO GE Pakistan Sarim Sheikh, Corporate Head Middle East Ms. Vandana and Director Commercial Salman Khan were also present. Promotion of cooperation in energy sector was discussed in the meeting and the delegation of General Electric agreed to enhance the cooperation with the Punjab government in energy sector.

Talking to the delegation of General Electric, Shahbaz Sharif said the Punjab government is working on the projects of generating energy through coal, hydle, wind, solar, biogas, biomass, bagasse and other sources. He said steps are also being taken for capacity building of energy sector institutions. He said that besides energy projects, upgrade of supply system of electricity is also essential and there is a need for paying special attention to it. The Chief Minister said steps are also being taken on emergent basis for reducing loadshedding. He said the project of installing the power plants at Gadani to be run through coal has been made. He said the project of setting up Quaid-e-Azam solar park on ten thousand acre land in Bahawalpur has been given final shape and work on the projects of generating 1000 megawatts solar power at Quaid-e-Azam solar park is continuing.

Shahbaz Sharif said work is also continuing speedily for launching the small projects of five megawatts through biomass. He said all possible steps are being taken for early completion of Nandipur Power Project. He said that 1000 megawatts electricity can be generated through bagasse and sugar mills are being encouraged for generating energy through bagasse. The Chief Minister said we will welcome the cooperation of General Electric with the Punjab in energy sector and General Electric should submit the final recommendations for practicable projects at the earliest. He said steps are also being taken for importing LNG and an effective strategy has also been evolved for conservation of electricity.

Shahbaz Sharif said steps are also being taken for eradication of electricity and gas theft and action is being taken indiscriminately against the electricity and gas thieves. The Chief Minister said the government is providing special incentives to local and foreign companies in energy sector and he expressed the hope that the government will change the challenge of energy crisis into a best opportunity.

Talking on the occasion, President and Chief Executive General Electric Middle East, South Africa and Turkey Nabil Habayeb said we want to help Pakistan in overcoming energy crisis. He said the General Electric is willing to work jointly with the Punjab government in energy sector and steps will be taken for enhancing the cooperation in this regard.

CM grieved: Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the sad demise of Mian Tajamul Hussain, former President of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In a condolence message, Shahbaz Sharif prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to members of the bere

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