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No fuel shortage for biogas projects: Shahbaz

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday that signing of an MoU between the Canadian company and the biogas project was a welcoming step. He said there were vast opportunities of generating energy through biomass and biogas in Punjab and the government would fully benefit from these opportunities.

He was speaking during a ceremony for signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Punjab government and Canadian company High Mark Bio-Gas at Chief Minister’s Office for setting up a biogas project. Chief Executive Officer of the company, Evan Chrapko, and Secretary Energy Usman Bajwa signed the MoU. According to the agreement, the company would set up a pilot project of 22 megawatts of biomass gas in Punjab. The project would be completed within six months.

Shahbaz said that besides traditional sources, the PML-N government was also working on generating energy through non-traditional sources, adding such resources were the cheap source of energy which would provide relief to the people. He said there was great potential of setting up biogas projects in Punjab and there was no shortage of fuel for the projects of biogas. He said the energy crisis had made the life of the common man miserable and the government was working for coping with the problem.

The CM said the Canadian company would also carry out the process of mapping of waste used in biogas which would help in collecting the authenticated data. He said that after the success of first pilot project, new projects of biogas would be started. He said the projects in energy sector had to be completed speedily and any delay in this regard would not be tolerated.

Earlier, Evan Chrapko met Shahbaz in the CM’s Office. Chrapko gave a briefing to the CM on his company and assured that his company would make vigorous efforts for completing biogas pilot project in Punjab within six months.

Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretaries of agriculture, information, local government and other officials concerned were also present.

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