PAKISTAN NORWAY COMPANIES SIGN MOU FOR 150 MW SOLAR POWER PLANTS

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

 

Oslo-Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Norway’s Prime Minister Mrs. Erna Solberg witnessed signing ceremony of an MoU between Scatec Solar of Norway and Nizam Energy of Pakistan to jointly develop and Build-Own-and-Operate solar power plants in Pakistan, here this afternoon. 

The construction of three solar power plants generating a total of 150 MW of electricity is expected to start in the first quarter of 2016. Located in Sindh province, the photovoltaic plants involve an initial investment of nearly US$300 million. The projects would be completed in about a year’s time. An additional 150 MW is planned to be developed in the second stage, bringing the total investment to nearly US$ 600 million. 

 Advisor to PM, Mr. Sartaj Aziz; MoS for Education, Mr. Baligh ur Rahman; Special Assistant to PM, Mr. Tariq Fatemi were also present on the occasion. 

 

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that relations between Pakistan and Norway are based on commonality of views and shared values of democratic pluralism and economic liberalism. 

He said this during his one-on-one meeting with the Crown Prince of Norway, Prince Haakon, who met him on the sidelines of Oslo Summit on Education for Development, here this morning. 

Talking to him the Prime Minister emphasized that there is a need to enhance contacts between the two countries at political and economic levels. 

He appreciated Norway’s development cooperation with Pakistan, especially in the health and education sectors. This, he said, has assisted towards social and economic uplift of the underprivileged. 

The Prime Minister appreciated Prince Haakon’s personal endeavors for establishing Global Dignity, an independent, non-political organization, that promotes the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. 

He said Pakistan has a rich cultural heritage and there is potential for both the countries to collaborate in the field of culture.

The Prime Minister also invited the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Ms. Mette-Marit to visit Pakistan at any time of their convenience. 

Prince Haakon thanked the Prime Minister for attending the Oslo Summit which aims at creating better education access for millions of deprived children.