Islamabad, Sept 08 (TNS): Setting final deadline, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that energy projects of more than 10,000 MW have helped overcome load-shedding and the government will be able to end power cuts by November this year.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Chashma-4 nuclear power plant having capacity of 340MW in Mianwali on Friday. He said the government is committed to achieve the goal of adding 8800 megawatt of nuclear energy to the national grid by 2030.
The Prime Minister said overcoming the energy crisis and an end to load-shedding remains top priority of the government. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the nuclear power plants in the country have contributed immensely in provision of cheap electricity.
Referring to Pakistan-China collaboration and CPEC projects, the Prime Minister said the fruits of our endeavors have started reaching people with a network of roads being spread across the country and the development of Gwadar and Thar Coal.
He said Pakistan has put in place a reliable nuclear power project and all these projects are fully complied with the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. All future nuclear power plants are also being constructed under the same guidelines.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said three nuclear power projects were already operational and are providing less expensive electricity. It is a matter of satisfaction that K-2 and K-3 power plants in Karachi are being completed at a fast pace, and would provide less expensive and clean energy.
He said Pakistan was proud to indigenously operate the plants under the Karachi Nuclear Power Project for four decades without any foreign assistance.
The Prime Minister lauded the contributions of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission in power generation, health and agriculture.
He said the PML-N government has initiated large projects with China under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and its benefits are having a trickledown effect. Progress is visible on projects of roads, Thar coal and Gwadar, while GDP has risen to over five per cent and hoped it would be six percent next year.
The government, he said, is desirous of greater participation of the private sector in the CPEC projects. Chinese government has also showed its keen interest in injecting more funds in various projects.