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Govt to develop 6,600 MW Gaddani energy park: Ahsan

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said the government is planning to develop 6,600MW coal-based Gadani energy park with the assistance of Chinese companies.

Ahsan Iqbal said this during his visit to a 900MW Puttalam Coal Power Plant being set up by a Chinese company in the coastal area of Colombo, Sri Lanka, according to a press statement received here on Wednesday. The minister was accompanied by senior officials of the ministries of water and power and foreign affairs. He said the experience of Sri Lanka was relevant in this regard.

“Pakistan wants to utilise more coal, hydel, and gas for power generation and move away from the furnace oil-based power generation as oil prices have increased manifold and enhanced per unit generation cost,” he added.

Ahsan Iqbal further said that energy security was the top-most priority of the Nawaz Sharif government. “Pakistan and Sri Lanka have strong bonds of friendship and the government wants to build strong economic foundations of this relationship,” he added.

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