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Thar coal power generation project not feasible, says Mukhtar

Minister for Water and Power Ahmad Mukhtar said that power generation from Thar Coal has not been found to be feasible so far.

In an interview with the BBC, he said Dr Samar Mubarakmand was trying to generate electricity through Thar coal with highly advanced technology but his technology could not yield the desired results. He stated: “We have decided to import coal and produce cheap electricity from it to serve the purpose of overcoming the power shortfall and reducing the overall cost of power production. We cannot wait forever for electricity to be produced due to his technology. We need electricity immediately but Dr Samar Mubarakmand has not made any breakthrough so far”, he added.

When asked why so much time and money was spent on the project, the minister for water and power said only Dr Samar could give a reply to this question. The federal minister stated he had obtained approval from President Asif Ali Zardari in respect of a project for overcoming the power crisis. Power loadshedding could be scaled down to three hours within a year through this project, he remarked. Giving details of this project, costing 4 billion dollars, he said coal valuing one billion dollars would be imported. An agreement has been signed to import generators from China to produce electricity, he added. These generators would reach Pakistan within a few months, he indicated. These would produce 2,200 megawatts of electricity, he said. One billion dollars would be spent on reducing circular debt and in this way an improvement would come in the power generation process, he added.

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