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50MW Alternative Energy Project Launched

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan and China on Friday performed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of first green power project of 50megawatts to be completed by next summer with an estimated cost of 0 million.

The ground breaking ceremony of Three Gorges First Wind Farm Power Plant was performed by Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar and Liu Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan. The project will be installed in Jhimpir, Thatha, Sindh.

“The project will help further strengthen China-Pakistan friendship and consolidate the strategic partnership”, said Liu Jian, the Chinese Ambassador.

Wang Shenliang, Chief Executive Officer of Three Gorges First Wind Farm project said that the company would launch 20 similar projects having total production capacity of 1,000 megawatts by self investment during the next three to four years.

Syed Naveed Qamar said that the government has tasked the Alternative Energy Development Board to add 1,500 megawatts to the national grid by 2013. Qamar said that under new policy the government has announced upfront tariffs and now the companies need the resolve and funding to put a power plant in Pakistan as it has removed all the bottlenecks.

The AEDB’s Chief Executive Officer Arif Alauddin said that Three Gorges Pakistan has assured it would implement the project at the earliest. The company is already working on two other projects of 50MW each and seeking additional land for 450MW.

Alauddin said what is more significant is that the renewable energy – and in particular the wind energy sector is now attracting the highest amount of private investment.

He said the AEDB had set a target for Wind Power Generation at 500MW for the year 2012, however, the government has set the target of 1,500MW for early 2013 – a challenging target, which appeared unrealistic in the beginning, now seem to become achievable.

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