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Pakistan Announces 300 Years Worth Of Coal Reserves To Be Tapped

The International Coal Conference 2011 was told on Saturday that the Thar region of Sindh province is endowed with mammoth coal (lignite) reserves estimated to be 175 billion tonnes which can produce 100,000MW of electricity for next 300 years and can be a key to energy security and economic prosperity.

Addressing the Conference, organized by Coal & Energy Development Department in collaboration with Sindh Board of Investment, Federal Minister for Water & Power Syed Naveed Qamar said the government is focusing attention to shift power generating system from furnance oil and other sources to coal. “We are optimist that power generation from Thar Coal reserves would begin shortly.”

He said Federal Government realizing the gravity of crisis has extended all out support to the Sindh government in matters related to the development of coal sector. The formation of Thar Coal & Energy Board shows Federal government’s commitment to develop Thar coal for power generation and other uses.

The Minister said the government has approved an attractive incentive package to facilitate investment for the development of this vital resource. The development of infrastructure has also been given immense importance. Infrastructure projects are being executed on a fast-track basis, he added.

About outage and load shedding in the country‚ Naveed Qamar said that the Federal Government is taking all possible and effective steps in order to control it.

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