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Land allotted for wind power project in Thatta

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has allotted land to NBT Power Pakistan (Pvt) Limited for setting up 500 MWs wind power project in District Thatta.

Addressing a ceremony in this regard on Wednesday, the chief minister said that this would be the biggest wind power project of Asia, adding, Sindh would become biggest power house of Pakistan, said a statement.

Welcoming the guests from Norway-based company NBT and their partner Malakoff, a Malaysian company, he said that the Sindh government will extend all support to the investors under the new land allotment policy.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the Sindh government would guarantee the provision of security in the area in coordination with the management of the companies.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Sindh Board of Investment (BOI) Muhammad Zubair Motiwala explained the salient features of the project.

He said that the NBT has committed to complete the project in shortest possible time, adding: “Looking at the volume of the project and the profile of the company, we expect that physical civil work on the ground will be started in 12 months”.

He said that the only area under footprints would be leased to the investors while the rest of the land would remain in the possession of the government, which could be used for any other purpose.

He told the audience that under the old policy 12,500 acres of land was required for 500 MWs project and under the new policy the government has provisionally allotted 908 acres land in strips as per the best international practices.

He said that at present land has been allotted to 30 local as well as international investors who would install projects of more than 1800MWs.

Secretary Investment Ms. Naheed Shah Durrani told the audience that NBT has very recently emerged as a major player in the renewable energy sector and has already commissioned 200 MWs in Beijing, China, and has signed a framework agreement of 1000 MWs (20 farms) with Datang China.

She added that Malakoff, the leading IPPs on multiple fuel technology with generation capacity of 5020 MWs in Malaysia alone and thousands of MWs in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Algeria, was the major implementation partner in 500 MWs wind power project with NTB.

She said that looking at the experience and background in the energy sector the Sindh government has also under taken discussion with Malakoff to consider installation of 1000 MWs Thar Coal Field Power Plant in Sindh, preferably in Thar area.

The Sindh CM also invited guests from Malakoff to participate in the Thar Coal Mining Power Generation Project in the next ICB.

The ceremony was attended by Minister Information Sharjeel Enam Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh, Secretary Information, Senior Member BOR, Member Land Utilization and others.

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