Thar coal is a big game changer, says PM Shehbaz


Thar coal is a game changer, says PM Shehbaz

MITHI: According to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Thar coalfields’ cheaper energy generation would revolutionise the country’s growth.

Speaking at the launch of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company’s (SECMC) commercial operations for the second phase of coal mining, the prime minister claimed that the Thar coal project would enable the government to reduce energy imports, which have already surpassed the $24 billion mark, by up to $6 billion annually.

According to him, the government placed a high priority on the project since coal lowers the cost of producing electricity.

A 330 megawatt power plant owned by Thar Energy Ltd. (TEL) was also dedicated by the prime minister, who also visited the SECMC Mine Phase II building site in the Tharparkar area, close to Islamkot.
The country’s indigenous coal deposits should not have been ignored, according to PM Shehbaz, who also said that he would call a conference of stakeholders on the Thar coal mines for next week to examine the situation.

He said that the federal government will collaborate with the Sindh government to develop a framework for the Thar coal project that would link it to the rest of the nation’s 4,000MW of coal-fired power plants.

According to him, the coal-powered facilities will be able to produce energy at a cost of Rs 10 per unit, helping to conserve important foreign currency. He stated that the project will be linked to a freight rail track in March 2023 to enable the movement of coal to other regions of the nation.

Imtiaz Shaikh, the Sindh Energy Minister, told Dawn that the mining project will shortly reach its third phase. According to him, further mining will provide fuel for the Lucky Group’s 660MW power plant.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari noted the event by stating that Thar has become a paradigm of growth achieved via public-private partnerships. He said that the initiative had helped locals get jobs and enhance their quality of life.

He said that thanks to the public-private partnership concept, irrigated farming and fish breeding were now taking place in the Thar desert’s arid wasteland using water from the Gorano region’s coalmines.

He said that the joint effort need to be modelled after in other regions of the nation and expressed optimism that PM Shehbaz’s administration will move quickly to implement development goals.

Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister of Sindh, claimed that because Sindh offered so many energy resources, including solar and wind, it was Pakistan’s energy basket.