“Converted criticism into constructive energy”

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa 10:25 AM | 26 May, 2017
“Converted criticism into constructive energy”
“We have converted criticism into constructive energy,” said the Chief Minister Punjab, Mr Shehbaz Sharif.

From the usage of land to the environmental costs of the project, all kinds of criticism have been levelled on the Sahiwal Coal Power Project. It is undoubtedly true that development has its hazards and all developing countries deal with them. However, according to project details, the 1320 MW coal-fired power plant uses “supercritical technology”.

Supercritical technology in power plant means that it uses higher temperature and pressure. This results in better efficiency, reduced fuel usage and less greenhouse gas emissions. Out of the total amount for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, over $30 billion are dedicated towards the energy sector of the country alone. The Sahiwal Coal Power Project is a one of its kind project in the recent or old history of Pakistan. Undeniably, never has the country witnessed the completion of a mega project in the energy sector with such speedy completion; 22 months, and 660 MW of energy served at a rate of Rs. 8.5/kWh.

This has set a world record in terms of project completion speed for the Chinese company Huaneng Shandong Ruyi (Pakistan) Energy (Private) Limited. The project is based on a build, operate, transfer basis according to which, the plant's ownership will be transferred to the Government of Punjab after 30 years of operation. The project has so far produced thousands of employment opportunities. Raw materials for the plant, such as cement, wood, sand and other materials are being sourced from within Pakistan, which means local business may have received a slight boost as well. Plus, furniture was mainly procured from markets near Sahiwal.

It is important to mention here that the government has successfully handled efforts towards a developing Pakistan. The country is able to progress in competitive global markets in different sectors. In addition, the demand for power generation in Pakistan is expected to rise by 50% by the year 2025 according to NTDLC planning departments forecasting. Hence, Pakistan is in dire need of many such projects that are relatively cheaper and cost effective as well. Some other projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor are also underway.

It becomes clearer with each passing day how CPEC is truly a game changer for the whole region. There is always criticism when development projects are undertaken. It is important to understand that electricity is also one of the basic demands of the people of Pakistan, and who acknowledges this fact better than the people themselves? With the government playing its part for solving the energy crisis in the country, we ignore how big an achievement it is and how momentous it is for the people of Pakistan.

Pakistan has all the potential for becoming the next big thing in terms of economic development and the process has already taken up the fast track. All that is needed is unity, faith, dedication and motivation of the people to support and attract all good things to Pakistan.

Chief Minister Punjab has also announced that the second unit 660 MW of Sahiwal Coal Power Plant will be available by the first week of June. Prime Minister Nawaz appreciated the leadership of CM Shehbaz which led to the early completion of Sahiwal Coal Power Plant in these words, "Hats off to you Shehbaz sahib for this tremendous job. You are our real hero. PMLN's hero!"

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa

The writer is a student of Mass Communications at Punjab University and a blogger


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs204,100 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220


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