ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Federal Minister for Water and Power and Defence Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said that Nandipur Power Project has been made functional again and that it is currently producing 445 MW electricity.

In a statement the minister said that coal and furnace oil was being used to produce electricity in the power project. He added that Water and Power Ministry is taking required steps to keep the project in stable working condition.

Nandipur Power Project came in limelight when the 425 MW project suddenly stopped working merely weeks after inauguration in July this year. The controversy resulted in sacking former project director, who was earlier conferred Sitra-e-Imtiaz for the project, and audit of the project from international organisations.

During the tenure of the previous governments, the project was delayed for about four years resulting surge in it cost from $329 million to $847 million.

Nandipur power plant is second most largest thermal power plant of country after Guddu which has a capacity to produce 747 MW electricity.