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Thermal plants of 4,200MWto be converted into imported coal

Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan, Dr Cyrill Nunn called on the Federal Minister for Water and Power, Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar on Thursday and discussed various matters of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation, a statement said.

The minister briefed him on the current energy situation, steps being taken to overcome the energy crisis and future plan of action to produce cheaper electricity from hydel, coal, wind and solar resources, it said.

The minister said that the existing thermal plants of 4,200MW will be converted into imported coal from furnace oil to produce cheaper energy and the process will be completed in 16 months.

The wind projects of 250MW are also under construction and start generation shortly, he said, adding that the government is utilising all resources to bridge the gap between the demand and supply.

The ambassador thanked the minister and said that German companies are already working in the power sector of Pakistan and a number of others are keen to invest in the renewable energy projects.

A conference is being organised in Munich on September 11 on “Renewable energy in Pakistan”, which will be participated by German companies, businessmen and investors from both the countries to explore potential and other related matters of mutual cooperation, he said.

The conference will help set a roadmap to develop renewable energy in Pakistan with the German cooperation, said the ambassador.

The consulate offices of Germany located in Islamabad and Karachi are being electrified with solar energy as a model and work will be completed in the next six months, he said, and invited the minister to grace the occasion.

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