Lahore: A delegation of Chinese Company Zonergy renowned in energy sector led by its President Yu Yong met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here today. It was agreed during the meeting to work on 900 megawatt solar project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur speedily.
While talking to the delegation, Shahbaz Sharif said that the work has been started on the first solar project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur under Pak-China Economic Corridor. He said that 300 megawatt solar project will start generating electricity by the end of current year while 50 megawatt solar project will provide electricity on August 14 during current year and the remaining 600 megawatt solar project will be completed during next year.
Similarly, a total of 900 megawatt solar project will be completed in 2016 under CPEC, he added. The Chief Minister vowed that the solar project of CPEC will be completed with high quality and speed and all out facilities will be provided to Chinese Company. He said that the work of upgradation of transmission line is continuing for adding the electricity generated through solar project to national grid and all concerned departments are working with mutual coordination. He said that CPEC projects are of great importance for removing darkness and bringing light in the country. He said that great beginning has been made under CPEC for removing darkness from the country and the work on first solar project has been started.
Shahbaz Sharif said that the investment of 140 billion rupees on 900 megawatt solar project under CPEC is purely Chinese investment and a new era of development and prosperity will be ushered in the country due to implementation on CPEC. He said that the project will be completed with hard work, honesty and trust. He said that government is taking steps expeditiously for coping with the shortage of energy.
He said that energy projects are being forwarded without wasting any moment and load-shedding in Pakistan will be eliminated to a large extent by 2017-18. He said that electricity crisis is a burden of one decade and now China has shared this burden. He said that projects will set up with the cooperation of China which will remove darkness and bring light. President Chinese Company Zonergy Yu Yong has expressed deep interest in the establishment of Solar Institute in Bahawalpur and assured the Chief Minister that all possible cooperation will be extended for setting up solar institute.
Speaking on the occasion, Yu Yong said that Chinese leadership highly respects Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif does what he says. He said that all out efforts will be made to complete the project within timeline stipulated by Chief Minister Punjab and all possible steps will be taken in this regard.
Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Secretary Energy, Managing Director NTDC, Chief Executive Officer Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and concerned officials were also present on the occasion.