KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the result of Sindh government delegation visit to China, which was aimed to contact and invite the investment from Chinese Companies for coal based power generation in Sindh.
This he expressed while presiding over a meeting of Thar Coal Energy Board (TCEB) held at CM House in Karachi. The Sindh Minister for Information Sharjeel Inam Memon, Advisor to CM for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif Abbas, Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Managing Director Thar Coal Energy Khursheed Jamali, Member TCEB Shamsuddin Shaikh, CEO Thar Coal Engro Power Project and other officers attended the meeting.
Sikandar and Abbas, who are the members of visiting delegation briefed the meeting about their efforts to contact, disseminate and invite the Chinese investment companies about the investment potential available for coal based power generation in Sindh and expressed their optimism that big investment would come to Sindh from Chinese investors after their visit to China.
The CM Sindh said that a lot of work had been done to exploit Thar coal reserves for power generation and now Sindh was in position to take off for its coal based power projects, especially at Thar Coal Block-2.
He said that Sindh government would very shortly to launch coal mining at Thar Coal Block-2 and that initiative would lead the country towards coal based power generation at maximum level at cheaper rates and to bring the country out of energy crisis.
He said that steps for mining would be followed by the generation of 600 MW coal based power initially and capacity of that project would be increased by 100 percent in its 2nd phase. He said that energy crisis was not the only issue of Sindh government but it was the issue of all four provinces and state of Pakistan that should be addressed with mutual cooperation, understanding and under national umbrella, and hopefully Sindh would be ahead of other province in this movement.
He said that we are seriously taking it as a national issue and wanted to discuss and decide the strategy on national forum to meet challenges. He said that by exploiting the indigenous natural resources, including Thar Coal reserves and wind Corridors available in Sindh province for power generation, we can not only meet the national requirement of electricity but would also export it and bring the agro-industrial revolution, provide income & employment opportunities to people in millions and convert the Pakistan into a welfare state in the region.
The CM Sindh asked the management for calling an important meeting on the TCEB with comprehensive and integrated strategy for promoting the coal based power generation with the help of national experts and investors.