ISLAMABAD, Sep 4 (APP): Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal has said that the government is planning to develop 6,600 MW coal based Gaddani energy park with the assistance of Chinese companies. Ahsan Iqbal said during his visit to a 900 Mega Watt Puttalam Coal Power Plant being set up by Chinese company in coastal of Colombo, Sri Lanka, according to a press statement received here on Wednesday. He was accompanied by senior officials of Water and Power and Foreign Ministries. He said the experience of Sri Lanka is very relevant in this regard.
“Pakistan wants to utilize more coal, hydel, and gas for power generation and move away from furnace oil based power generation as oil prices have increased many fold and enhanced per unit generation cost”, he added.
Ahsan Iqbal further said that energy security is the top most priority of Nawaz Sharif government.
“Pakistan and Sri Lanka have strong bonds of friendship and present government wants to build strong economic foundations of this relationship”, he added.
(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)