Pervez Ashraf Work On Thar Coal Project To begin Soon
Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf said Saturday that the government has decided to further step up work on Thar coal project as the import of oil for power generation has become unbearable.
He was addressing a press conference along with MNA Rubina Saadat Kaimkhani after attending the 10th meeting of Thar Coal Energy Board (TCEB) at Chief Minister House. Advisor to CM Waqar Mehdi was also present on the occasion. He said that in oil equivalent terms, Thar coal reserves are larger than the combined oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and Iran and 68 times more than Sui gas field reserves and can generate 100,000 megawatts of electricity for next 200 years. Giving details of the decisions at the meeting, the Minister said that the Federal Ministry of Water & Power will establish dedicated wing in Ministry to exclusively deal with infrastructure development for Thar and seek international financing for it as per the decision of the Council of Common Interest. Pervez Ashraf said that media team will be taken to Thar coal site after Eid so that the journalists can themselves see the progress there and he also pointed out that coal gasification project will enable Pakistan to earn carbon credits.