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CM asks Turk company to launch power projects in five cities

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the energy crisis has become a big problem of Pakistan and the PML-N government is making all-out efforts for resolving the issue.

He said the government was determined to ridding the people of load-shedding and maximum resources were being utilized for this purpose and negotiations were being held with local and international companies associated with energy generation sector.

He was talking to a representative delegation of a Turk power generation company at Model Town here on Friday. It was agreed in the meeting that Punjab government and Turk company would cooperate in power generation projects from solid waste in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi.

Shahbaz said Turk energy companies could invest in the projects of power generation from coal, solar, hydro power and solid waste. He said the Turk companies should consider launching of power generation projects from solid waste in five big cities of Punjab and submit final recommendations regarding the practicable projects. He said the Punjab government would provide cooperation with the firms for this purpose.

The chief minister said various Turk companies had made investment of 500 million dollars during the previous tenure of PML-N government in solid waste management, transport and other sectors. He said investment by Turk companies in energy sector would be welcomed, adding that friendship between Pakistan and Turkey was exemplary and bilateral relations and economic ties between the two countries could be further promoted through investment in energy sector in Punjab.

The CM said the masses had given mandate to the government to eliminate load-shedding and the PML-N would come up their expectations. He said that instead of paying attention to generation of power, the former federal government remained engaged in loot and commission. He said had the former rulers made efforts to control the energy crisis, the situation would not have been so serious. He said the previous government committed a serious crime by delaying the LNG project and had this project been operational, people would not have faced the agony of loadshedding.

Shahbaz Sharif said the government wanted to launch power generation projects expeditiously and in a transparent manner. He said that there was a vast scope of generation of power from solid waste in big cities of Punjab and the Turk company should consider the possibility of setting up power generation projects from solid waste and present its final recommendations as soon as possible so that work could be started on these projects without any delay.

Chairman Sesly Holdings Hazim said that Turkey had also faced energy crisis but the Turk nation overcame the problem with commitment and hard work. He expressed hope that Pakistan would also be able to resolve the problem of shortage of energy under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif. He said Turk companies were working on various projects of power generation from solid waste in Turkey as well as other countries of the world. He also expressed the desire to launch power generation projects in Punjab with the cooperation of the provincial government. He said the people of Turkey had deep love and affiliation with the Pakistani people and wanted to cooperate in resolving energy crisis in Pakistan. Punjab Minister for Energy Sher Ali Khan, Special Assistant Arshad Jutt, Advisor Azmul Haq, Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Chief Executive Officer of Her Energy Company of Turkey, Ersin, Muhibbi Kartal of Ozkartalar Solid Waste Management and experts were present.

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