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Govt planning energy generation from bagasse: Shahbaz

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that there is a vast scope of generating energy from bagasse in the province and the government is formulating a comprehensive policy in this regard. He said there were 46 sugar mills in Punjab and power could be generated from bagasse which was an economical source of generation of electricity, adding that foreign exchange of billions of rupees, spent on the purchase of furnace oil, could also be saved by producing energy from the alternative resources. He said the government was trying to generate electricity from the alternative and renewable resources for overcoming the energy crisis.

He was talking to a delegation of an engineering company associated with power generation, Avant Grade Engineering, at Model Town on Monday.

Shahbaz said Pakistan was facing the worst energy crisis which had not only affected the common man but also left a negative impact on economic and trade activities. He said electricity was essential for economy and trade; therefore, the government was attaching top priority to overcoming the energy crisis and was taking steps for the purpose. The CM said that agreements were signed with Chinese companies and leadership during the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China for cooperation in this sector while steps were being taken expeditiously for power generation from alternative resources. He said upgrade of boilers in sugar mills could result in generation of more energy, adding that several countries of the world were generating power from bagasse which was a cheap source of power generation.

The chief minister directed the authorities to prepare a financial model for power generation from bagasse and the departments concerned should present such a roadmap with the consultation of the experts of the company he met on Monday for power generation through which bagasse could be speedily implemented. Shahbaz said the goal of producing electricity from bagasse could be achieved by upgrading the technology of sugar mills and experts should chalk out a plan for the purpose so that progress could be made in this direction without any delay.

Avant Grade Engineering Director Bala Supramanium gave a briefing on the projects of generation of power from bagasse, coal as well as biomass.Later, Chris Holmes of Global LNG Market Outlook, Julian Nambert, Regional Director Middle East and Stephene Canpron, Head of LNG, also met with the CM and gave a briefing on increasing demand of LNG.

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