Federal Minister for Power, Sardar Awais Ahmed Leghari Presiding over

116th meeting of PPIB


 Islamabad, 9th May, 2018: The Minister for Power Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari while chairing the 116th meeting of the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) held today announced that 1230 MW RLNG based Power Project at Haveli Bahadur Shah has started generating power which has world's highest plant efficiency rate of 62.5% and is a great achievement of current government made possible by the relentless efforts by the Power Division, PPIB, NPPMCL and other kay players. The Minister expressed that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has greatly served Pakistan in securing self-reliance in power sector while its full scale implementation would deliver fruitful results in every nook and cranny of our country. He said that after controlling blackouts we have come out of crisis mode and now the prime focus remains on attaining energy security. Our end dream is to ensure affordability in arranging future capacity additions for which hydro, coal, solar and wind assets are particularly vital which are abundantly available across country and enough to provide round-the-clock power supply for a long time.


Progress of under implementation power and transmission line projects which include CPEC and non-CPEC projects was reviewed by the Board, while overall situation of the country’s demand-supply also came under discussion. Managing Director PPIB Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza briefed that PPIB has so far handled the CPEC energy program of the GoP successfully and has already delivered success stories by declaring CODs of 1320 MW Sahiwal and 1320 MW Port Qasim coal based power projects while majority of projects are either under construction or under Financial Closing stages.  In today's meeting, particular focus was on thar coal mining and power generation projects being setup in the downtrodden Tharparkar which is emerging as energy capital of Pakistan, courtesy the CPEC.   In a bid to facilitate ongoing IPPs in accomplishing various activities, the Board in today’s meeting granted guidance and way forward leading to their smooth, quick and effective implementation. The Board agreed to allow extensions in Financial Closing Dates of 1320 MW Thar Coal based Power Project at Thar Block-I by Thar Coal Block-I Power Generation Company Limited and 700 MW Azad Pattan Hydropower Project at River Jhelum on the dual boundary of District Rawalpindi, Punjab and District Sudhnoti, AJ&K. The Board also allowed provision of revolving account facility for +-660 kV HVDC Matiari-Lahore HVDC Transmission Line Project as was provided for power generation projects under CPEC Agreement.


The Minister remarked that in 2013 every sector of Pakistan was in bad state but power sector was worst to all. Considering the complexity of crisis and its serious ramifications, number of measures were taken to ensure availability of electricity at affordable cost to our industry, agriculture, commercial enterprises and domestic consumers. The efforts of current government for transforming miseries of nation into comfort have borne fruit and power generation projects are an example of its own with regard to their advantages for the masses.


The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Power Ch. Abid Sher Ali, Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Secretary Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, representatives of Power and Petroleum Divisions of Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance, WAPDA, FBR, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan provinces and FATA and AJ&K, a private sector member, besides, Executive Director and Directors of PPIB and other senior government officials.



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