‘Other provinces should invest in Thar Coal’

KARACHI: Thar Coal Power Project is not only a project of Sindh, but a national project aimed to meet out the energy crises of the country, said Sindh Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday.
He was presiding a high level meeting at the CM House today to finalise the arrangements of groundbreaking ceremony to launch the mining pro-cess at Thar Coal Block-2 being organised by the Sindh government, which is to be followed by generating of 660MW in the 1st phase.
Shah invited the chief ministers of all the other provinces of Pakistan to come forward and invest in Thar Coal, to bring the nation out of the power crises.
The capacity of this power project would be raised up to 1,320MW in the second phase and would finally reach up to 4,000MW; the meeting was informed.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would inaugurate the project along with ex-president Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad on January 30, 2014.
“This power project would be completed within the tenure of present government, and federal government would be recommended to complete the transmission line before 2018,” said the chief minister.
Shah said that since there was no risk in investment for coal-based power projects, other provinces should contribute in its investment to meet the national challenges of power crises with success.
PM Sharif would be briefed about Thar Coal reserves, its quality and development of required infrastructure including road network, airport, water and power supply at Thar Coal field.
Adviser to CM for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif Abbas, Secretary CM Rai Sikandar, CEO Engro Company Shamsuddin, MD Thar Coal and other officers attended the meeting.

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