KARACHI - The 10th Thar Coal & Energy Board meeting held on Saturday at CM House Karachi. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim All Shah, while Federal Minster Of Water & Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, and others also attended the meeting. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Al Shah said, The coal reserves of Thar will play a vital role in resolving the constant energy crisis in the country in the long and the short-terms and will also ensure the much needed positive paradigm shift in the demand and supply cycle of energy and power sources in the country. Managing Director TCECB informed the Board that the incentives package for Thar Coal has been approved in the ECC meeting held on 15 October 2010. The Board appreciated the role of its Vice Chairman & Federal Minister for Finance for getting it approved by ECC. The Board took following decisions: TCRB Act may be immediately presented to the Sindh Assembly to evolve the organisation on permanent basis and Board approved to shift TCEB funding from ADP scheme to Grant in Aid basis. The Board also approved the revised structure for executive arm of TCEB. The Board approved issuance of ICR for four blocks of That Coal and also approved issuance of EOI for infrastructure schemes to seek international financing. Federal Ministry of Water &. Power to establish dedicated wing in Ministry exclusively deal with infrastructure development for Thar and seek international financing for it, as per the decision of the CCL Khalid Mansoor apprised the TCEB that on August 31, 2010, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) completed the 'Bankable Feasibility Study for a 6.5 million ton/ annum coal mining project which will supply coal to fuel a 1,200 MW power plant, also to be set up by Engro Powergen Limited. SECMC engaged a number of internationally renowned consultants from Germany, China, Pakistan and the UK to evaluate the technical environmental and social feasibility of the project. Dr Samar Mubarakmand shared the progress update on UCG project on Block V. He informed the TCEB that UCG operation is initiated by drilling two adjacent boreholes into the coal seam and injecting pressurized oxidants like hot air into the coal seam and recovering the combustion gasses through the adjacent borehole. Land (about 17 acres for project and 10 acres for colony) has been acquired form government of Sindh at Mungo Bheel & Bhamnil Bheel (Islamkot) power supply arrangements from II.T Electricity lines of HESCO to colony site have been made. Design of Prefab Colony Completed, layout plan of camp is prepared and contract has been awarded and construction work is in progress and it is expected to be completed in 90 days. The participants of the meeting were Murad Ali Shah Minister Finance Sindh, Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani MNA, Jam Mehtab Dahar Minister Revenue & Relief Sindh, Jam Saifullah Dharejo Minister Irrigation & Power Sindh, Asad Ali Shah Member TCEB present on this occasion.