Muhammad Nawaz Sharif And Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Inaugurate Gas Based Bhikki Power Plant Set Up By Punjab Government From Its Own Resources In Sheikhupura

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif today inaugurated gas based Bhikki Power Plant set up by Punjab government from its own resources in Sheikhupura. Initially, 717MW electricity has been added to national grid and an amount of Rs.53 billion has been saved from this project. As many as Rs. 320 billion will saved in next 30 years from the project completed in a short period of 18 months. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the Chief Minister said hard work of a number of days and nights under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to overcome energy crisis is bearing fruit and expressed the hope that completion of energy projects will eliminate load-shedding. He said speedy work on all energy projects is being ensured and with the completion of these projects, energy crisis will be eliminated by the end of 2017 or start of 2018. He said on the one hand is a sit-in group and country’s economy suffered badly due to its sit-ins and power projects delayed due to worst conspiracies of PTI. He said in 2014, President of friendly country China was due to visit Pakistan but this trip was postponed due to sit-ins and 10 months of the nation affected by load-shedding were wasted. He said some elite had contacted PTI leaders regarding scheduled visit of Chinese President but they refused to end sit-in and became the cause of delay in energy crisis and added salt into the wounds of the people of Pakistan. Had precious time of the nation not been wasted due to sit-in, all these agreements would have been signed a year earlier and several power projects would have completed by now, he added. He said on the other hand are looters of six  billion rupees of the poor nation of Pakistan who deposited them in the Swiss banks and they plundered national resources mercilessly and now are leveling false allegations against those who saved billions of rupees in development projects. He said instead of lamenting on past mistakes we should learn lesson from them and proceed forward.
 
The Chief Minister thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on attending the inaugural ceremony of Bhikki Power Project and said that prime minister has not only arrived to inaugurate the great project but come to realize the dream of the nation which has lost in the darkness due to load-shedding. He said that Prime Minister has arrived here to open doors of employment for thousands of those who have turned jobless due to load-shedding. He said on March 15, Prime Minister while presiding over meeting of the cabinet committee on energy had courageously approved 3600MW gas based power project despite all opposition of the committee and these projects were not the part of CPEC. He said that 3600MW gas based projects are a proof of courage, sagacity, far-sightedness and vision of the prime minister. Shehbaz Sharif said he clearly says the credit for these projects goes to prime minister. Bhikki power plant will produce 1180MW, Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant 1200MW and Baloki plant 1200MW which is the result of passionate and energetic leadership of Nawaz Sharif. He said undoubtedly all these three projects are landmark projects because Guddu Power Project which was established in 2008 is the copy of these projects because it was installed by the same companies as have installed Bhikki Power Plant. He said Guddu power plant was installed in 2008 at the cost of 8 lakh 36 thousand dollar per MW while 3600MW gas based projects are being installed at the cost of 4 lakh 66 thousand dollar per MW which is almost half of the cost of Guddu plant. He said a saving of Rs.112 billion has been made in these projects and this saving can be checked at every forum, adding that there is no example of such transparency and saving in the history of Pakistan. He said the whole nation is witness to transparency in projects which does not exist in papers but it has become a reality. He said on one hand, billions of rupees of the nation have been saved while on the other hand, completion of these projects has been done at fast track which is also a world record. He said nobody has courage to get or give bribe of even a single penny in mega power projects planted under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, adding these projects are excellent example of transparency, top quality and speed. He said the machine installed in Guddu power plant has efficiency of 54.5 per cent while efficiency of machines installed in Bhikki power plant is 61.6 per cent and efficiency of power plant installed in Havili Bahadur Shah and Baloki is even better than them.
 
He said speedy and transparent completion of these projects was dream in the past and these projects will provide cheap electricity to the people for several years and benefit economy and agriculture. He said the foundation stone of the Bhikki power plant was laid on September 9, 2015 and now this project has been completed on April 19, 2017 in a short period of 18 months which is not record of Pakistan only but the whole world. He said Ghazi Brotha Dam hydel power project was due to be completed in 2000 but completed in 2003 with delay of three years, adding in the same way, Neelum Jhelum power project could not be completed despite passage of 18 years. He said five billion dollars have been spent on this project and at this cost gas based projects of 10,000 MW capacity could had been installed. He said Nandipur power project was due to be installed in 2011 but when PML-N came to power the leadership of Nawaz Sharif brought this plant from the graveyard of Karachi to its site and an additional amount of Rs. 20 billion was spent on it. He said the estimate of the Nandipur power project during PPP government was made Rs.33 billion and this project started without tendering and there can be no bigger crime in Pakistan than this. The Chief Minister said a judge of Supreme Court during the hearing of Panama case remarked that such a verdict will be given which will be remembered for 20 years and we highly regard the apex court, and the nation will not be able to forget even after 40 years the power projects which are being completed under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif due to hard work, transparency and excellent speed. He said power projects are being completed due to which load-shedding should decrease but unfortunately load-shedding has increased due to decrease in water level in rivers which is a natural process. He said however on the other hand those responsible for transmission line losses and load management will be brought to the justice because due to their negligence load-shedding has increased. He said load-shedding will eliminate under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif but strict punishment should be given to those who are trying to hinder this process. Shehbaz sharif thanked Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Principal Secretary to PM Fawad Hassan Fawad, bankers, Chairman Thermal Power Company Arif Saeed, CEO company Ahad Cheema and the whole team for cooperation in the power projects. He said he is also thankful to US Ambassador and Consul General for their cooperation. Earlier, CEO Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Company Ahad Cheema gave briefing on the project. Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana, federal ministers Khawaja Asif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Provincial Ministers, Members National and Provincial Assembly, Ambassador of China in Pakistan, senior officers of the company working on the project, TV anchors, journalists and people belonging to various walks of life were present on the occasion.