PM inaugurates Nandipur Power Project

Published: May 31, 2014
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and a dignitary at the inauguration ceremony. PHOTO: PID.GOV.PK

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and a dignitary at the inauguration ceremony. PHOTO: PID.GOV.PK

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and a dignitary at the inauguration ceremony. PHOTO: PID.GOV.PK Express News screengrab of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the inauguration ceremony in Gujranwala. Express News screengrab of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif addressing the inauguration ceremony in Gujranwala. Express News screengrab of the inauguration.

GUJRANWALA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the first turbine of the Nandipur Power Project in Gujranwala on Saturday, Express News reported.

The turbine will add 95 megawatts to the national power grid.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, and chairperson of the China-based company Dang Fing Electric Corporation, which was awarded the contract for the project, were also present at the occasion.

While addressing the inauguration ceremony, the Punjab chief minister criticised the previous government for stalling the project. He said the power project’s history is an unfortunate one since machinery for the project was rotting at the Karachi Port for three years.

“If the project had been completed three years earlier than the country would not have suffered a financial loss worth Rs165 billion,” remarked Shahbaz.

Expressing similar views to his brother, Nawaz said negligence by the previous government with regards to the Nandipur project was “an unforgivable sin.”

Referring to people who were protesting against development work carried out by the PML-N government, the premier said such people should instead extend a helping hand and stop becoming a hindrance.

“They should see that the government is building Pakistan again,” he added.

At the end of his speech, he announced a three-month bonus for the team who worked on the Nandipur project from the federal government as well as another three-month bonus from the Punjab government on behalf of the Punjab chief minister.

The Nandipur project 

It is a combined cycle thermal power plant which is built in Nandipur, Gujranwala. If run on furnace oil it will produce 425MW of electricity while with gas it will produce 525MW and by the end of the year it will be completely operational.

In January 2008, Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) signed a Rs23 billion contract with China-based company Dang Fing Electric Corporation for the construction of the project.

In the middle of the 2010, the project was in its final stages of completion, expected in April 2011. However, the PPP government misplaced the summary documents of the project and the summary was ignored for two years.

Consequently, the machinery worth $85 million kept lying at the Karachi port. In September, 2012, the Chinese firm, canceled the contract of the Nandipur Project, saying that they had faced huge financial loss due to the unnecessary delay in collection of the machinery as it has started to rust at the port. The company also demanded $40 million as compensation.

Soon after coming to power in May 2013, the PML-N government re-started negotiation with the Chinese firm in order to kick start the Nandipur Project.

After a few days of discussions, the company agreed to help complete the project.

One July 8, 2013, Chinese engineers arrived at Karachi port to examine machinery and arrangements were made to complete the project.  Some more machinery was bought while damaged and rusted machinery was fixed immediately.

According to estimates, the cost of the project which was Rs23 billion, increased to Rs57.38 billion due to unnecessary delay.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • khurram
    May 31, 2014 - 12:14PM

    PPP era was a dark night….PML-N is doing serious efforts to bring back Pakistan on a right track…they are way better than PPP looters…..I hope there will be no PPP government again in Pak….


  • usman786
    May 31, 2014 - 12:36PM

    as a citizen of Pakistan, may I know what action was taken against those who delayed this project? why not PTI starts small scale projects in KPK to make electricity at village level with water


  • Wali
    May 31, 2014 - 1:17PM

    It is 95mega watts… Put it in perspective, it adds less than 1% of the country’s electricity demands… The amount of money government has spent on advertising/promoting it would have been better spent on something better.


  • fawad
    May 31, 2014 - 1:30PM

    It is a thermal power plant. Nothing special about it. Pmln is making the same mistake PPP made few years ago by encouraging electricity generation through fuel, instead of cheap hydro power plants.


  • Gaurav
    May 31, 2014 - 1:44PM

    Nandi mount of Lord ShivaRecommend

  • Barooq
    May 31, 2014 - 2:47PM

    Any big hydro project is a long term project. For short term something has to be done.
    If in next 4 years, PMLN brings the load shedding to 0, no matter how, that would be a colossal achievement.


  • May 31, 2014 - 3:15PM

    Is someone asked the meaning of Nandi?


  • Sensibile
    May 31, 2014 - 3:41PM

    How come you are building Gas Turbines in Punjab …..Where there is no Gas….So like always Gas will be produced by other province and the turbine will be in Punjab …..nice ….we have learnt nothing from history …Recommend

  • M.Qasim
    May 31, 2014 - 3:53PM

    Congratulations to all petriotics of Pakistan. Thanx to Allah & assistance of PML(N).


  • Kay
    May 31, 2014 - 3:59PM

    Our politicians are masters of “Inaugurations” only just to fool the fools.


  • Ahmed Ishtiaq
    May 31, 2014 - 3:59PM

    For the umpteenth time; we have a gas shortage in the country and we cannot afford thermal power anyway so care to tell who is going to pay for this additional circular debt generated by these 500 MW.


  • Ozair
    May 31, 2014 - 4:01PM

    PMLN taking credit as if it is their project. Quick search on Wikipedia will reveal this project was construction started in PPP era 2008.


  • AK
    May 31, 2014 - 4:08PM

    Chinese representative raising his hands for prays…… :D


  • jiyala
    May 31, 2014 - 4:39PM

    Looks like PtI protests got him good. He’s been doing a lot of developmental stuff lately.Recommend

  • PakPower
    May 31, 2014 - 5:50PM

    Rs. 16.1 per kWh. Thanks for another furnace oil project. PSO approves as well.


  • Jibran
    May 31, 2014 - 5:56PM

    Nawaz’s attitude is shameful. The Nandipur scandal is the outcome of his government, not the previous government. He will always continue to blame others for his sins. Cheat!


  • Lunacyassailam
    May 31, 2014 - 6:05PM

    Look at the smelly Arabs raise their hands in submission to Allah in “NANDIPUR”


  • kulwant singh
    May 31, 2014 - 6:09PM

    On this side of the border Panjab is having many thermal power plants and a single plant consume a full train 75 bogies of coal daily and to manage the ash produced is also a headach and the condition of Pakistan Railways is also not very good hence it will be better if they go for hydro power plants which produce cheap power and there is no problem of pollution. Here we every day read the news that only seven days coal is left with one plant and for fifteen days in the another.


  • Sultan Mehmood
    May 31, 2014 - 6:21PM

    There is no need of quick research for people with avearage intelligence. This report itself says it was started in PPP era and no progress was made. It was supposed to be completed years ago.


  • Sultan Mehmood
    May 31, 2014 - 6:23PM

    Well done PML N. You are starting great projects day and night. Even Imran Khan doesn’t deny development projects of PML N. He deludes that PML N is doing development because of him. hahaha


  • Shahrukh
    May 31, 2014 - 6:35PM

    So a couple of points that need to be clarified.
    1. It is producing 95MW right now, by the end of the year, it will reach full production.
    2. The gas shortage problem is why this plant will only produce 100MW.
    3. Because it is a new plant, it will be more efficient, thus less gas wastage.
    4. It is a short-term solution, to ensure we meet energy demands ASAP.
    5. Long term solutions like Hydro plants are in works but require finance.
    6. PPP did start the project, should have been completed by 2010. 4 years and numerous losses later, Nawaz aims to rectify it and get all the praise.
    7. There should have been better accountability of the losses and if there was any corruption those personnel should be reprimanded.


  • observer
    May 31, 2014 - 7:40PM

    @M.Qasim…this project was stated by Musarraf in 2008,then the projected was slowed down by PPP ..the reason was kickback…


  • May 31, 2014 - 8:06PM

    Looks like they are offering “fateha”.


  • Habibi
    May 31, 2014 - 9:11PM

    @Lunacyassailam: Please get a global survey and ask people who they think are smell people of this planet…irritating Indian morons…


  • ameen
    May 31, 2014 - 9:21PM

    A) To produce 1200 MW of E.CITY one needs at least 16000 Tons of Coal which translates into 80 Trains per day so who would supply The coal, May be by helicopter I guess!

    B) Pakistan deliverance is in Hydel Power Pakistan has sites which can produce in excess of 35000 M.W but Noon League not interested because of kick backs , please confirm from world bank and china and you would find the truth like Jangla Bus in RWP/ISB loot sale is on!!


  • ameen
    May 31, 2014 - 9:26PM

    one of the reasons Noon League criminally avoiding Hydel projects is due to kick backs and because they would be completed in 5 years time and Noon League wont be able to use it for political mileage Quite Sharmanak !!


  • Waseem
    May 31, 2014 - 9:34PM

    what about big projects which can completely get rid of power issues, for example, Kala Bagh Dam.


  • Ian
    May 31, 2014 - 9:37PM

    They have to slap their own faces on every banner.


  • Hassam
    May 31, 2014 - 9:51PM

    @Sensible Bro Gas turbines doesn’t necessarily run on natural gas..yes natural gas is the preferred fuel for gas turbines but they can also be run on furnace oils…The term”gas” in gas turbines power plant doesn’t imply the fuel it means the working fluid is gas which in most cases is either mostly air or helium(rarely) depending upon whether you r using open cycle gas turbine power plant or closed cycle gas turbine power plants…


  • karachi
    May 31, 2014 - 10:32PM

    lol, the chinese guy making dua/praying.

    Only just noticed.


  • gopal
    May 31, 2014 - 10:50PM

    In India, even our rickshaws are powered by tiny nuclear plant.


  • May 31, 2014 - 11:38PM

    well done mr muhammad nawaz sharif i realy feel very happy today. keep it up inshallah all pakistani people pray for u because u r the great leader of the world..thanks


  • Blithe
    Jun 1, 2014 - 12:26AM

    PTI needs to galvanize support for Kalabagh in KPK instead of fooling around with dharnas


  • Jun 1, 2014 - 12:30AM

    Get lost with your Kala Bagh dam.


  • Jun 1, 2014 - 12:34AM

    previous govt was ruled by zardari Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jun 1, 2014 - 1:12AM

    ppl arguing over gas, if i am not wrong and as per my informant, these turbines are designed to work on very low heating value gas and it is produced in punjab, difficult to burn due to its low calorific nature. so please don’t worry.


  • Naveed
    Jun 1, 2014 - 1:43AM

    This project is a $124 million scam. People of Pakistan are being cheated here. For further details read:


  • Jun 1, 2014 - 4:57AM

    ET you changed my previous comment and published it, is it not a kind of plagiarism???


  • faisal
    Jun 1, 2014 - 11:16PM

    WE must make Kalabagh Dam. There is no other solution. Our electricity needs will double in ten years. WE can’t offord electricity made from gas and oil.Recommend

  • stevenson
    Jun 2, 2014 - 12:52AM

    @Wali: At least Nawaz Sharif is helping to build things in Pakistan. Great work; Keep it up!


  • goldconsumer
    Jun 2, 2014 - 12:29PM

    So you actually smell people to recognize them? Why I am not surprized at “Indians and dogs not allowed” logic of the British..


  • Orange
    Jun 2, 2014 - 3:06PM

    Haters always going to hate.Great work PML -N, keep it up! Well PTI trolls, Keep on doing only thing your leader can do.. “troll”.


  • Aftab Ahmad Khan
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:37AM

    Great Work, I am power engineer. Currently serving on plant in Karachi, I want to find similar job in Punjab. Is there any one, who can tell me how and where to apply for jobs in power plants. I have more than 13 years of experience of power plants.


  • Rizwan
    Jul 28, 2014 - 1:31PM

    NandiPur project will be 200 time bigger fraud then rental power project .


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