PM removes MD Nandipur project, orders to make plant operational within 15 days

Published: October 15, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs a meeting on energy at the PM House in Islamabad on Wednesday. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs a meeting on energy at the PM House in Islamabad on Wednesday. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif removed on Wednesday Managing Director Nandipur Power Project Mohammad Mehmood from his post.

During a meeting of Cabinet’s committee on energy, the premier ordered the Ministry of Water and Power to take control of the project, and make it operational within the next 15 days.

According to sources, the prime minister wants the project to generate 497MW of energy at the earliest.

During the meeting, which was attended by all officials concerned,  it was revealed that the government had so far released Rs49.5 billion of the Rs57 billion project so far.

Read: Opposition wants NAB to probe Nandipur project

Meanwhile, PM Nawaz also gave clear directions to Ministry of Water and Power and Ministry of Petroleum to take into confidence the people about the LNG project. He directed the ministries to hold seminars and workshops to make the masses aware of projects.

The Nandipur Power Project was inaugurated in Gujranwala in May 2014 but owing to a number of hurdles the project could not be completed.

Last month as controversy over the project intensified, the government found a way out and decided to outsource operations of the plant to the Chinese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, Dongfang Electric Corporation, for a period of six months.

“It has been decided to give the operation and maintenance contract to Chinese EPC contractor Dongfang as an interim arrangement before the award of international competitive bids,” a senior government official had said while talking to The Express Tribune.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Parvez
    Oct 15, 2015 - 12:37AM

    This sounds like futile saber rattling ……..Nandipur will suffer the same fate as the Karachi DHA Cogen power plant…..can we really afford such blunders ?Recommend

  • Neutral
    Oct 15, 2015 - 6:17AM

    NandiPur is proving to be hard bone for PML(N) . How on earth could you waste billions of tax payers money ? who is accountable? Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 15, 2015 - 7:46AM

    Dongfang has been involved in many frauds. It is a company known to pay handsome kickbacks. They reassemble used and discarded Chinese machinery and sell them as new.Recommend

  • Aqeel
    Oct 15, 2015 - 8:51AM

    In the following developments, MD Nandipur project removed his chief secretary from the post, who then removed his assistant manager from his post, who then removed his junior .. and on and on it spins.Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Oct 15, 2015 - 1:15PM

    MD is the person who delivered Project on time…I don’t see any further development after eliminating him…He had selected the company by procedure & PPRA rules to Operate & Maintain the plant but again so called Govt played… give O & M contract to Dongfang. Recommend

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