Maximum resources being utilized for controlling energy crisis: Shahbaz Sharif

Lahore, July 30 2013 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that maximum resources are being utilized for controlling energy crisis as electricity is essential for strengthening of economy and development of the country. He said that government is attaching top priority to resolving energy problem and all out encouragement is being extended to local and foreign investors in this regard.

He was talking to a delegation of prominent Chinese company Norinco International at Chief Minister’s Office here today. Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Secretary Energy, Project Director Ring Road Authority, Director General LDA and concerned officials were present. Talking to the Chinese delegation, the Chief Minister said that China is a trusted friend of Pakistan and has played a commendable role in its development.

He said that Chinese companies are also extending vigorous cooperation in resolving energy crisis and agreements have been signed with several Chinese companies for cooperation in the sector of coal and solar energy. He welcomed the offer of Norinco International of setting up solar power plant and said that the agreement will soon be given a final shape in this regard.

He said that Norinco International should visit Cholistan for considering setting up a solar energy project of 1000 megawatt in the area and financial model of implementation of the agreement should also be prepared.
The delegation of Norinco International expressed willingness for investment in energy sector in Pakistan and said that the company is ready to help Pakistan in overcoming shortage of electricity. The delegation also appreciated the measures taken by Chief Minister Punjab for the development of the province and observed that the projects completed in Punjab especially in the provincial metropolis have provided relief to the masses while traffic system has also improved. The delegation said that it desires cooperation in energy sector due to transparent policies of Punjab government.

For more information, contact:
Chief Minister of Punjab
Chief Minister Secretariat
7-Club Road
GOR-I, Lahore
Telephone: 042-99204906-14, 042-99203222-3
Fax: 042-99204915, 042-99203224

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