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Loadshedding to be eliminated with China’s help: Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government is giving priority to the solar energy sector as a short-term strategy for controlling the energy crisis. He said that loadshedding would be eliminated with the help and cooperation of the Chinese.

Addressing Chinese investors in Xinjiang on Thursday, the chief minister said the government immediately after coming to power had started projects of generation of energy from hydel, thermal and other sources.

However, maximum attention is being paid to solar energy to rid the people of loadshedding as soon as possible. The chief minister said a solar energy park is being constructed in Punjab for the generation of 1,000 megawatts electricity. He said this park would be among the largest solar energy parks in the world and there is a need for Chinese cooperation for the implementation of this project.

He said that he had not come to China to seek aid but has brought proposals for launching joint ventures. He assured that all out facilities would be extended to Chinese investors for this purpose.

The chief minister hoped that the energy projects started in Punjab with the cooperation of Chinese investors would prove to be a milestone in Pak-China friendship. The chief minister also visited the factories producing equipments related to energy production in various cities of China and showed keen interest in the manufacturing of windmill, power transformers and solar cells.

Talking to media before his departure, Shahbaz said that China had helped Pakistan in every hour of need and Chinese leadership had also assured full cooperation during his visit for overcoming power shortage. He said loadshedding would be eliminated with the help of Chinese brethren.

He said that Chinese investors had also assured that a factory for producing solar panels would be established in Punjab.Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan said that chief minister’s visit had opened up new avenues of Chinese cooperation in energy sector in Punjab. He said after the restoration of Nandipur power plant, it is the second biggest achievement of Shahbaz for overcoming energy shortage.

Online adds: China has officially offered to export 3,200 megawatt of electricity to Pakistan. The offer was made by Chinese officials during talks with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Urumqi. The Chinese officials said the project could be completed in three years’ time. Shahbaz welcomed the offer and said it needs to be assessed by the experts to ensure cost-effectiveness.

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