Islamabad - “Energy is vital for life. Pakistan is rich in natural resources to produce energy and power, which are cheaper and safer with the concept of clean energy. Thar coal power project will contribute environment-friendly energy with the lowest cost for years.”

Dr Samar Mubarakmand, Founding Chairman NESCOM and Chairman Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) at Thar, remarked while speaking as a chief guest at the 2nd international conference on ‘Power Generation Systems and Renewable Energy Technologies’ organised by department of mechanical engineering, International Islamic University Islamabad.

Dr Samar Mubarakmand said people of Pakistan are facing acute shortage of energy and suffering from power crisis, which has badly affected social and industrial sectors that left irreparable loses to the economy. He urged the government of Pakistan to shift considerations on alternatives, which are coal, nuclear, wind and solar, to meet the increasing needs of power and energy in the country.

Dr Samar in his address pointed out, “Developing countries are producing their major energy share from coal but unfortunately we are seriously lacking to utilise our coal assets.” He said that Pakistan has the 4th largest reservoir of coal in the world through which, if funds are provided, the cheapest energy, fuel and gas can be produced for years. He said Pakistan is depending on energy of which major part is being produced by furnace oil and gas that cost very high and gas plants are also very less-efficient in power production. He said the government needs to cope with line losses and inefficient ways of energy production.

Dr Inaamur Rehman, Emeritus scholar of Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), was guest of honour on the conference. Dr Inaam in his speech gave detailed briefing about nuclear power plants and energy production in Pakistan.

He was of the view that nuclear energy is cleanest, safer and cheaper than any other source of energy production. He said that there are misconceptions about nuclear energy and power plants which are fabricated. He said requirements of energy are increasing rapidly with increase in population. He also urged the government to use different efficient modes of technologies without delaying any time.

On the occasion, Vice-President Academics Dr Muhammad Bashir Khan, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Dr Aqdas Naveed Malik, Chairman Department of Mechanical Engineering Dr Saeed Badshah, renowned scientists, experts, researchers from different countries and Pakistan were also present.

The opening session of the conference was also addressed by Dr Bashir Khan, Dr Aqdas Naveed Malik and Dr Saeed Badshah.