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US working with Pakistan to end energy crisis: Olson

US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson said his country was working with Pakistan to end the energy crisis and had succeeded by restoring 961 megawatts (MW) to the national grid.

Ambassador Olson was talking to media persons during his first visit to the Jamshoro Power Company Limited (JPCL) on Thursday.

“We restored 270 MW power to the national grid by upgrading only Jamshoro Power Company Limited, which exceeds the target of 150 MW,” he said.

The ambassador said more than four million people were benefiting from that restored power. This became possible when the US launched the project of rehabilitation of the major equipment of Jamshoro Power Plant at a cost of $19.32 million, he said.

“Besides this, we also completed other projects, including Satpara, Gomal Zam dams and rehabilitation of Tarbela Power Plant, which are benefiting more than 15.3 million individuals through additional generation.”

Olson said more than 100 government staff were trained in the energy technical practices. Replying to a question, he said they had already condemned the attacks on minorities in Peshawar bombing by the terrorists.

Earlier, Ambassador Olson visited the Institute of Sindhology Museum on the campus of Sindh University and also attended a luncheon meeting hosted by the Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI).

Speaking on the occasion, Mission Director United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Gregory Gottlieb said the US government was working to strengthen the public-owned power sector like the Jamshoro Power Plant.

He said this would help develop deeper business-to-business and people-to-people ties between the two countries.CEO Jamshoro Power Company Limited (JPCL) Anwar Brohi said in his welcome address that the support of USAID helped them to restore 270 MW to the national grid.“Such efforts by the US would strengthen the relationship between Pakistan and the US,” he said.

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