PM inaugurates 100MW solar plant in Bahawalpur

Published: May 5, 2015
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PM inaugurates 100MW solar energy project; project to generate 100 MW elecricity. PHOTO: KHYBER NEWS

PM inaugurates 100MW solar energy project; project to generate 100 MW elecricity. PHOTO: KHYBER NEWS

PM inaugurates 100MW solar energy project; project to generate 100 MW elecricity. PHOTO: KHYBER NEWS Unit completed at a cost of $131 million in one year; project to generate 100 MW elecricity. PHOTO: PAK AAJ

BAHALWALPUR: After inaugurating  the first unit of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised on Tuesday that load-shedding is expected to end by 2018, Express News reported.

“Load-shedding will end by 2017-2018,” the prime minister said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of 100 megawatt solar project.

PM Nawaz said China and Pakistan will constitute a special committee to ensure the timely completion of the projects, worth $46 billion, launched by the two countries.

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“We want to make sure that the present government completes these projects on time unlike the previous governments,” the prime minister said.

He said the world is acknowledging the progress made by Pakistan.

“These power projects spread a positive message to the investors, who were unable to invest to electricity shortage previously,” the prime minister said.

PM Nawaz said the solar park is not just the biggest solar project of Pakistan but of the world.

“Energy crisis is the second most important issue  and now there is a hope that we will soon tackle the energy crisis through this solar project, coal project and other energy projects, ” he added.

The prime minister said around 1000 megawatt electricity will be produced under the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in its later phase while the Thar Coal Power project as well as other projects will collectively add 10400 megawatt of electricity to the national grid in the future.

“Democracy is witnessed delivering tangible results for the first time,” he said.

Speaking about the cost of electricity, PM Nawaz said it has decreased significantly by 5.79 rupees per unit. ” It is a huge achievement,” he added.

Earlier, while addressing the inauguration ceremony Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif said the project is yet another milestone in Pakistan and China’s all weather friendship.

Shahbaz said the project was completed with the cooperation of China.

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“The Solar Park is an investment made by China but much more than that it is China’s unwavering support lent to Pakistan,” he added.

Shahbaz said the project has been completed in a very short period of time because of the hard work of the workers.

Speaking about the quality of the project, CM Punjab said each and every aspect of it was checked and approved by German consultants before any payments were made.

The project was inducted into the national transmission grid as soon as it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (May 5). Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong was also in attendance and addressed the ceremony.

The first unit was completed at a cost of $131 million in one year.

Read: Energy crisis: PM to inaugurate 100MW solar energy project

The Punjab government had announced plans to establish the Qauid-e-Azam Solar Park over an area of 10,000 acres in Bahawalpur district. The Qauid-e-Azam Solar Park Company was then registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

According to an energy department official, the project was scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2014.

“However, it was delayed after the Chinese firm granted the contract failed to fulfill the criteria during the due-diligence process carried out by Punjab government,” he added.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Anoni
    May 5, 2015 - 11:54AM

    One small step … long way to go .. or is that it ?Recommend

  • Fahim
    May 5, 2015 - 12:02PM

    PAkistan should invest 5-6 billion dollars to buy solar system of 5000 MW, it will end the crisis of load shedding as one time investment for 25 years.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    May 5, 2015 - 1:49PM

    Solar park build in the middle of a jungle. No fencing installed to protect the panels from wild animals. Panels so close to each other that should anything fall on them it would be extremely difficult to remove. Shows how long they are going to last.Recommend

  • Khaptaan
    May 5, 2015 - 2:05PM

    Keep up the good work PMRecommend

  • rasheed
    May 5, 2015 - 2:30PM

    @Fahim:

    Solar works only in day time as storage is not feasible for large scale systems. We need to diversify investment that also provides electricity in night time/bad weather and can also handle surges during peak times.

    The biggest solar powered plant in the world is 550MW, this will be twice of that size. Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 5, 2015 - 3:00PM

    In 2018 he’ll explain why it never happened and will happen the next time he comes to power.Recommend

  • Aryabhat
    May 5, 2015 - 3:18PM

    Sorry, in my earlier post I should have priovided this Wikipedia link on world’s largest Solar Power famrs – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_solar_thermal_power_stationsRecommend

  • Shoaib
    May 5, 2015 - 3:29PM

    Solar park build in the middle of a jungle. No fencing installed to protect the panels from wild animals. Recommend

  • haters
    May 5, 2015 - 5:18PM

    Haters with hate, Nawaz will do his work– which is to try and steer pakistan towards prosperity,
    this nation is sick, cynics are everywhere, but Nawaz Sharif is doing his bit in improving our country overall, today security situation is better, economy is better, inflation is low, Karachi is more peaceful, power projects are being developed, FDI is increasing, china is investing too, dollar is stable.. things are looking good..Recommend

  • pervaiz
    May 5, 2015 - 10:20PM

    Good job done by govt of Nawaz Sharif. what did IK in KPK despite of tall claims on containerRecommend

  • VEGO
    May 6, 2015 - 12:22AM

    In Shehbaz Shareef speech, It was just a cheer up for the workers who had assembled and made the circuit connections under the guidance of the Chinese staff.
    Sharif brothers should be asked what they have contributed from the core of their hearts for this project which of course would emerge after their tenure the amount of commission / kick back they had earned.
    Wish our accountability system maintains the record.Recommend

  • VEGO
    May 6, 2015 - 12:26AM

    @ pervaiz :
    Soon you will hear the news of the solar panels missing and found in cattle farms used as shed roof.Recommend

  • deceptive
    May 6, 2015 - 2:48PM

    Nobody told the the cost of one unit. Its probable around 18 cents !!Recommend

  • Ameer Abbas
    May 7, 2015 - 8:35AM

    AT A UNIT COST OF PKR 22 (higher than that of Furnace oil), IS THIS A BLESSING OR A DAY TIME ROBBERY????Recommend

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