LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said here Thursday the government was making serious efforts for resolving energy crisis as it was essential for controlling poverty and creation of job opportunities.
He was chairing a meeting to review energy projects and setting up of LNG Power Park here Thursday, while, Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Petroleum Secretary, SNGPL Managing Director, Punjab P&D Chairman, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Punjab Finance Secretary and officers concerned were also present.
The Chief Minister said that solution to overcome electricity shortage at the earliest was of vital importance for development of industrial, trade, economic and agriculture sectors.
He said the government led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was taking allout measures for resolving energy problem and special incentives were being given to foreign investors for investment in energy sector. Punjab government, he said, was also working on power generation projects based on solar power, coal and the LNG (Liquified Natural Gas).
Shahbaz said that tradition and alternate resouces were being focused for power generation, adding that Punjab goverment’s 100 megawatts power project in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalapur was in final stages, while LNG power generation had also been planned and an LNG Power Park would be set up in the province.
He added, the LNG power projects would be executed speedily and transparently, besides maintaining high standard.
He obseved that economic developmental goals could not be achieved without having adequate quantum of energy.
Later, in a meeting with his Coordinator on Energy, Shahid Riaz Gondal, the Chief Minister said that government was making serious efforts for coping with energy crisis and solid measures had been taken for attacting more investment into energy sector in Punjab.
While, Gondal expressed the confidence that federal government led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would succeed to rid the country of electricity shortage.