Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says completion of Bhikki power project in record period of eighteen months is beginning of new era in national history.

He was addressing the LNG-fuelled Bhikki Power Plant with a total power generation capacity of 1180-MW at Sheikhupura on Wednesday.

He said Balloki Power Project will be completed at a total cost of eighty-four billion rupees with saving of fifty-two billion rupees.

He said Haveli Bahadur Shah project will be completed at a cost of ninety billion rupees with a saving of forty-nine billion rupees. 

Prime Minister said due to PML-N government speedy completion of power projects, a total of 8,946 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid by June next year.

He said new power projects being inaugurated every month or so, will ease power crisis in the country. He said Sahiwal Coal Power Project of 660 MW will start power generation in June this year. Similarly, Port Qasim Power project of 660-MW will start generation by the end of this year.

Nawaz Sharif said 1410-MW power project of Tarbela-IV will be added to the national grid in February next year while Bhasha Dam and Dasu Power projects will be completed after 2018.

Prime Minister thanked Chinese leadership for their cooperation for speedy completion of power projects in the country.

He said that work on Lahore-Karachi motorway is being completed speedily. He said that Karachi-Hyderabad Section will be completed this year, while the Lahore-Multan Section by 2018. He said that a new airport is being speedily completed in Islamabad.

Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the LNG-fueled Bhikki Power Plant at Sheikhupura.

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif were present on the occasion.

During visit of the plant, the Prime Minister was informed that this plant has a total power generation capacity of 1180 megawatts, out of which 717 megawatts will be added to the national grid immediately.

This plant will generate electricity at rate of seven rupee thirty seven paisa per unit, which is the cheapest project to generate electricity through gas.

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