QUETTA - A Memorandum of Understand has been signed between Government of Balochistan and CK Solar Korea for the installation of 300MW Solar Power plant near Quetta.

This was disclosed by provincial Secretary Energy, Fuad Hashim Rabbani while talking to media here on Saturday.

He said that the project cost would be approximately $900 million and would be completed in 2016. He said that government had taken 1500 acres land in Khuchlak and Pishin onn lease. “This project would help to overcome shortfall of electricity in Balochistan,” he added.

Rabbani said that the underprivileged populace of the province would be greatly benefited through provision of green energy particularly in the areas where there was no conventional electricity option. “Currently the local population of the targeted areas is using kerosene lanterns, which is health hazardous and non-economical due to intermittent price hike, the clean energy alternative would extremely be beneficial,” he remarked.

He said that the electrification of medical facilities such as hospitals, Basic Health Units and installation of solar street lights etc were amongst major benefits of the project.

Rabbani said that they were also planning to replace 800 electric driven subsidised agriculture tubewells into solar which would bring a good change in agri-sector of the province. They have planned to install 20 Solar Water Pumps in 10 district of Balochistan for water supply schemes,” he added.

Responding to a question, he conceded that the farmers were suffering due to long hours load-shedding and assured that steps would be taken to provide electricity to the farmers.

Rabbani said that work on Loralai-DG Khan 220 KV and Dadu-Khuzdar 220 KV would be completed next year that would minimise load-shedding in the province.