KARACHI - The coal power plant at Port Qasim will start production by the end of 2017.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali. He was talking to media during a visit to the project site here Thursday. The minister pointed out that two plants would generate 1,320megawatts of electricity.

He said that after completion of the project, it would help overcome the loadshedding and provide cheap electricity to the people. He said this would be for the first time that a project to be completed about 10 months ahead of schedule.

Abid Sher Ali said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was himself monitoring the energy projects, adding that he has come here on the directives of PM. The minister said that in the past, the energy projects were not taken seriously and the previous governments did not pay any attention in this regard.

Referring to this project, he said that owing to the hard work on the part of the Chinese engineers, 70 percent of the civil work has been completed. He said that our target is to overcome energy crisis by the year 2018 and it is our effort to complete the short and long term projects by that time.

The Chief Executive Officer of the project, Cai Bin, gave a briefing on the occasion. He said that the project is being completed on fast pace. As many as 1,127 Chinese engineers and 1,806 Pakistani staff are working on the project.