The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC), Shamsuddin Ahmed Shaikh on Thursday said that commercial production of 660 MW coal fired energy generation would start by the year 2018.

Highlighting the importance of the Thar coal mining project, Shaikh said that desert in Sindh province contained the world’s 7th largest coal reserves with total 175 billion tons of coal. Out of 175 billion tons reserves, SECMC had been allocated Thar block-II and according to competent person statement (CPS) by RWE -Germany, Thar Block-II has billion tons of Lignite resources out of which 1.57 billion tons were explore able, he added.

Thar Block-II, he said, alone could produce 5000 MW for fifty years adding that mine lease for thirty years (extendable to another 30 years) had been issued. Shaikh said that Thar coal fields could be compared to many operating Open Pit Mines of the World, Thar has comparatively higher heating value, lower surplus and lower ash contents as compared to other operational mines in the world. He further informed that stripping ratio and heating value of Thar Block-II was feasible for successful Mines operation. Thar Lignite could be utilised in power plants both at mines mouth as well as suitable locations like Jamshoro because lignite could be transported as being practiced in places like India, China and Germany. RWE -Germany study confirmed that Thar Lignite could also be transported safely via road and rail, he added.

Five wind power projects

made operational: AEDB

AEDB has helped in making five wind power projects of 255.4 MW capacity operational. Besides, nine projects of 479MW cumulative capacity are under construction and will be completed by September this year.

The sources at AEDB said Board is pursuing and facilitating development of Alternative & Renewable Energy (ARE) based power projects through private sector and issued Letter of Intents (LOIs) to 30 wind power projects for 1760 MW capacity. Around 31 solar power projects having a cumulative capacity of 711.12 MW have already been given LOIs by AEDB and are at different stages of development.

Similarly, 13 biomass/bagasse based co-generation projects of 416.1 MW cumulative capacity under Framework for Power Co-generation 2013 (Biomass/Bagasse) are at different stages of development while two projects of 52.7 MW cumulative capacity are operational.

The sources said seven (07) alternative energy power generation projects with a cumulative capacity of 308.1 MW have also been made operational.