SAHIWAL – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has vowed Pakistan will rid of power crisis in 2018, and masses will avail cheaper energy.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the first Unit of 660- mw Sahiwal Coal Fired Power Plant on Thursday evening.

Nawaz Sharif said that the government is working on multi-pronged strategy to address the challenges facing the country. “The successful implementation of the strategy will put the country on the path of progress and development,”  he added.

The Prime Minister said that ten thousand megawatts electricity will be added in the national grid by next year. He said this will help overcome the power loadshedding in the country.

The Prime Minister said that that the completion of first Unit of Sahiwal Coal Power Plant gigantic project in just 22 months is unprecedented.  He said the role of the Chief Minister Punjab, Chinese Ambassador, Chinese engineers and Pakistani engineers in the completion of the project is the best example of Pak-China friendship and partnership.

Earlier, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had inaugurated the first unit of 660 megawatts at 1320-MW Sahiwal Coal Power Plant on Thursday afternoon.

The plant, completed in a record period of twenty two months, has already been linked to the national grid.

The second unit of the plant with capacity of 660-MW will also start generating electricity from early next month.

The electricity generated from this plant will be available at the rate of 8.11 rupees per unit.

Later, the Prime Minister visited various parts of the plant during which the Chinese engineers gave him briefing about various aspects of the plant.