THAR: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari Friday jointly performed ground-breaking of the US 1.6 billion dollar Thar Coal power project to help the country meet its energy needs.
The project will initially provide 660 MW of power for Pakistan’s energy starved industrial units. It will complete in 2017 and help spur economic development and bring energy security to the country.
The two leaders of PMLN and PPP performed the ground-breaking of the project that will be carried out by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) – a joint venture between Engro Powergen and Government of Sindh.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his address said the launch of the project along with Asif Ali Zardari, had sent a message across that the political leadership should be united when it comes to the development of the country.
He said this political trend must be set in Pakistan now and the leaders need to think about the country first regardless of their differences.
He thanked former President Asif Zardari for inviting him to the ground-breaking of the Thar Coal project and said it was a matter of satisfaction that “we all are together and have the same priorities.”
“Anyone who believes in the development of Pakistan, would be pleased that the country’s political leadership is together on this national event.”
He said all political parties need to accept the mandate of the people. He appreciated former President Asif Ali Zardari for open-heartedly accepting the success of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government in the 2013 general election, as his party did in 2008 elections for Pakistan Peoples Party.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed the Thar Coal project a big national development project and suggested that the coal for all projects in Gaddani should be supplied from Thar.
He said the government was working on several power generation projects including hydel and nuclear generation.
He said the recently launched nuclear power project in Karachi would generate 2200 Mega Watt, while the Dasu, Diamir and Bunji dams on Indus River would generate 15000 MW electricity.
He said the Thar Coal project would eventually produce 6600 MW of power.