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Korean Solar Company to Setup Solar Panel Maunufacturing Plant in Hattar, Pakistan

India to Help in Biomass, Biogass and Small Dams

Conventional Lights to be Converted on LED

Biomass and Biogas Plants to be installed

Kalabagh Dam is need of Time

Electricity from Biomass, Biogas and Waste to Energy

Renewable energy: Punjab offers special incentives

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that special incentives are being offered to local and foreign investors and companies for investment in the energy sector. He expressed these views while speaking to a delegation of Indian energy experts led by Pawind Parweet Badal. He said India, especially East Punjab, had set up biomass, biogas and small hydel projects for electricity generation and the Punjab government in Pakistan wanted to benefit from the successful projects set up in East Punjab. He said there were vast opportunities for setting up biomass, biogas and small hydel projects for generation of electricity in the province. The chief minister directed provincial authorities to finalise consultative and technical processes immediately to benefit from India’s experience. He said every moment was precious and the officials concerned should finalise viable projects without wasting any time. The head of the Indian delegation, Pawind Parweet Badal, assured the Punjab government of their cooperation.

125 students getting training as solar energy technicians

Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) organised a ceremony to award the certificates to the first two batches of solar technicians trained by TUSDEC.

TUSDEC has joined hands with Giz Pakistan to foster the solar power industry with the provision of technically trained manpower in the specialised areas of Photovoltaics and Solar Water Heating.

The training programme being implemented under GiZ FIT (Funds for Innovative Trainings) initiatives where TUSDEC aims to train 125 students as solar technicians by March 2014. The programme is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

A meticulous display of candidates’ assignments on solar equipment has also been arranged at the high tech solar lab that the company has established with the cost of Rs 3 million to impart the practical training sessions.

TUSDEC Chief Executive Officer Basit Maqsood Abbasi said a solar lab with most modern equipment was established in the Company premises to punctuate more focus on the practical and industry driven trainings in solar technologies so that the graduates would be absorbed by the job market right away.

The graduates at the ceremony asserted that they have been imparted with comprehensive theoretical and practical trainings in the testing, installation and trouble shooting of numerous kinds of solar panels, which are currently in demand by the solar industry in the country.

The Company’s representative shared experts from various enterprises and solar engineers were engaged to contrive the curricula for the trainings so that the industry’s call for the technical manpower would be effectively consummated. Essentially the programme is focused at rearing the renewable energy sector in Pakistan pertaining to its dire indigence in the running energy crisis, the source further shared. Skilled manpower is the requisite for a successful technological intervention in any industrial sector. The dexterous solar technicians would further fuel up the proliferation of solar technology in the country by curtailing the installation and maintenance costs.

Another strand of the programme is focused at rendering livelihood opportunities among the youth through the provision of technical trainings in various innovative employable trades, TUSDEC Programme head shared.

Technical trainings in conventional trades have germinated massive redundancy among the blue-collar workers and it is the need of the hour to set a forward-looking approach for technical skill development to produce both adept and employable youth. The on-tap apposite workforce would also catalyze the development and promotion of renewable energy sources.

A job fair was organised by TUSDEC, which thronged with numerous employers from the solar industry. Prominent officials from Technical Vocational Education and Training sector, public sector and private industries in solar technologies attended the event.

Copulative efforts from public, private and the non-profit sectors to work up the alternate energy sources will certainly help suffice the country’s accelerating energy needs on sustainable basis.

Chinese investors offer to invest in KP energy sector

A group of the heads of Chinese investment companies, who called on Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Wednesday, offered to invest in the energy sector particularly hydel power generation in Malakand division.

Welcoming the offer, the chief minister said the Chinese companies had shown interest to make huge investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A handout said Pervez Khattak held a meeting with the investors here.

They included Zhang Lida (EO China Beijing company Ltd), Chen Qijin, Tao Xiujuan, Ms Zhai Lei, Cao Wenjian (Chairman Pak-China Investment Company), Zhang Yanzi, Madam Luxiao (CEO HP Winner Lighting & Design Marketing Hangzho China) and Energy Lamps Unit Ltd representatives. Rafaqatullah Babar, advisor to CM on Economic Affairs and In-charge Investment Promotion Cell, Muhammad Ashfaq Khan, Principal Secretary to CM, Khalid Pervez, Additional Chief Secretary, Sahibzada Saeed Secretary Energy & Power, Secretary Planning & Development, Heads of SHYDO and KPHA and others attended the meeting.

The meeting termed the energy designs and models of Chinese companies safe, successful and environment friendly that could withstand extreme weather conditions and sustained minimal damage in earthquakes and floods.

“The projects could create thousands of job opportunities for local engineers, skilled and unskilled youth,” the handout said. Pervez Khattak directed the relevant authorities to provide all facilities to the investors under one-window operation.

He said the provincial government would take effective steps to provide security to the Chinese investors and meet all the requirements to secure their investment. He said the foreign investors would never feel any insecurity in the province.

The Chinese investors said that they had no reservations about their security or safety of investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they considered it their second home. They said that they would be pleased to engage the local people in economic activities.

Govt asked to initiate serious efforts to resolve energy crisis

Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Wednesday emphasised the government to initiate serious efforts on all fronts to resolve energy crisis including Iran gas pipeline project and Kalabagh Dam in order to take full advantage of GSP plus facility.

“Government needs to initiate serious efforts on all fronts so that long-delayed Iran gas pipeline project and Kalabagh Dam (KBD) could be constructed otherwise energy security in Pakistan will remain a pipedream”, said Zubair Ahmed Malik, President FPCCI while addressing a business community here. He added that Pakistan is the only country where power plants are being run on natural gas despite its deficiency.

He further said that Pakistan’s future is tied to Iranian gas and Kalabagh Dam (KBD) but many intellectuals and politicians have not realised it yet which is unfortunate. “We should stop digging own grave before it is too late,” he warned. Politicians have decided to remain undecided on critical issues of national importance, which is leading us nowhere, he maintained.

Construction of KBD will not hurt any province but delay can help transform Pakistan into a desert, he said adding that Tarbela dam will complete its life in sixteen years when there would be no natural gas in the country. The storage capacity of the biggest source of hydel power generation in the country has reduced to 6.77 million-acre feet, which make it necessary to urgently construct KBD, which will have 450 years of life.

He said that political disagreement on the KBD is a great threat to industry, agriculture, masses and future of the country. Malik said that after completion of Tarbela, province of Sindh start getting 7 million-acre feet additional water while after KBD completion it will get extra 2.2 million-acre feet of water while it would trigger a green revolution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and save it from devastation of floods. The FPCCI chief said that dams are not tools of destruction, as considered by many, otherwise China, Iran, India and other countries would have not been constructing hundreds of dams and reservoirs with an amazing pace. In the last 23 years the share of water for every Pakistan has come down by 80 per cent therefore time has come for stakeholders to shun differences for the sake of country or be prepared for insoluble problems in the near future, warned Zubair Ahmed Malik.

Unlike, Iran pipeline, no country or international institution is against the KBD, he said. He added that Musharraf took the decision to use clean fuel for producing electricity, which must be reversed immediately, and power plants should be converted on coal or furnace oil.