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CM for accelerating work on setting up solar power houses in KP

Chief Minister KPK Pervez Khattak has called upon the authorities to accelerate work on setting solar power houses in the province as it consumed comparatively less time and resources and produce cheaper electricity.He was chairing a meeting about establishment of solar power houses in various parts of the province here on Friday. The meeting was specially attended by a delegation of Chinese Government state owned company CCS (China Com Service)led by its CEO Mr. Yuan Qiang.On this occasion the company offered to install 50 MW Solar Power Plants at three different places in Swabi, Nowshera and Charsadda or wherever his govt suggested with a bulk investment of 120 million dollars.

The CEO while giving a formal invitation of China visit to CM to see such power houses and explore numerous alternate energy options there as well as assured that more power houses would be set up in DIK, Lakki Marwat and other southern districts after success of this project entailing billions of investment.

He told that CCS was scheduling a Solar Energy Program for K-P on subsidized terms for improving local energy conditions and meeting its crash energy plan. The experts told that one mega watt (MW) solar electricity will cost approx Rs 200 million to be a onetime big expenditure and it will require two acre plot for installation.

Pervez Khattak said that his govt was already working on setting 12 MW solar power house at Gadoon Swabi with cost of $40 million that was announced in our 1st budget to deal with the energy issue prevalent in the country and that was badly affecting economy of our province.

The authorities told the meeting that following directives of the CM, implementation process on the declared energy emergency has been expedited to overcome the crippling load shedding and power crises. In this regard 2 hydel power houses of Machai and Ranolia would start functioning in next couple of weeks producing 20 MW electricity.

Similarly work on 4 major power stations with 457 MW power capacity has also been started including 150 MW Sharmai, 144 MW shahshkai, 132 MW Shogosan and 31 MW koto hydel projects. Survey for 200 mw thermal power house near the gas reservoirs of Kohat and Karak is also underway.

Additionally, a 12MW Program is being set up in Rashakai using a 9,500 sq km area of waste collection in alliance with UNHABITAT. Similarly alternate renewable energy sources are being explored.

A comprehensive plan is being chalked out to exploit wind power for electricity wherein it is decided to launch a pilot 10 mw wind power project in the province. A report on 2 mw pilot biogas mass power plant by disposing the garbage and solid waste of cities is also being actively reviewed.

A model Jetropha Farm is being established to estimate the biodiesel production capacity of the province. A model oil refinery is being established at Kohat that will yield 40 thousands barrel oil products daily. A documentary agreement with PSO has been signed for the purpose. Similarly a plan is evolved to electrify 100 villages having no access to national grid that would be linked with solar system.

Green Secretariat plan is also being launched to minimize power usage in govt offices. For the purpose the Civil Sectt Peshawar will be shifted to solar energy after proper energy audit. Likewise all the street lights are being converted into solar system under joint collaboration of Energy and Local Govt departments to save heavy expenditures and avoid PESCO disconnections.

The Chief Minister made it clear that though the provincial govt was in hurry to launch and complete energy projects to overcome the problem and cater power supply needs of people but would take every step carefully rather than wasting the precious resources.

He said that KP govt besides the friendly countries has openly invited all the federal and provincial govts of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan as well as overseas Pakistanis to invest here in energy sector whereas a secure and congenial atmosphere would be provided for the purpose, he concluded.

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