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China offers export of 3,200 megawatts of electricity: Shahbaz

25 October, 2013

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that government was giving priority to solar energy sector as a short term strategy for controlling energy crisis.

Addressing Chinese investors in Xinjiang on Thursday, the chief minister said the incumbent government, immediately after coming into power, started projects of generation of energy from hydle, thermal and other sources, however maximum attention was being paid to solar energy for ridding the people of load-shedding as soon as possible.

He said a solar energy park was being constructed in Punjab in generation of 1000 megawatts electricity. He said the park would be among the largest solar energy parks in the world and there is a need for Chinese cooperation for the implementation of this project. He said he had not come to China to seek aid but brought proposals for launching joint ventures.

He assured that all out facilities would be extended to Chinese investors for this purpose. Shahbaz expressed hope that the energy projects started in Punjab with cooperation of Chinese investors would prove to be a milestone in Pak-China friendship. During his visit, China has offered to export 3200MW electricity to Pakistan.

The chief minister also visited the factories producing equipments related to energy production in various cities of China and expressed keen interest in manufacturing of windmill, power transformers and solar cells.

Talking to media-men before his departure from China, Shahbaz had said that China had helped Pakistan in every need of the hour and Chinese leadership has also assured full cooperation during his visit for overcoming power shortage.

He said load-shedding would be eliminated with the help of Chinese brethren. He said that Chinese investors had also assured that a factory for producing solar panels would be established in Punjab. Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan said the visit of CM Punjab had opened up new avenues of Chinese cooperation in energy sector in the province.

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