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2 power plants inaugurated by PM: Coal brightens the prospects of Thar desert

  • The 1,320 megawatt Shanghai Electric power plant and 330 MW Thal Nova power plant will annually generate 11.24 billion units of low-cost electricity
Published March 23, 2023
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ISLAMKOT: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated two coal-fired power plants in Tharparkar with a capacity of 1,650 megawatt of electricity generation, saying the projects would eventually transform the desert into an economic hub.

The projects including the 1,320 megawatt Shanghai Electric power plant and 330 MW Thal Nova power plant will annually generate 11.24 billion units of low-cost electricity. Through direct investment of $3.53 billion into these projects, the production of coal-based electricity in Thar will increase up to 3,300 MW.

Addressing the event at the Islamkot area of Thar, the prime minister said it was a moment of celebration for the entire country that the desert of Tharparkar was getting a source of basic facilities for life.

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He dismissed the criticism by a section of people against Thar’s coal, terming it a blessing with immense potential for power resources that needed to be tapped.

He expressed confidence that the journey of progress would spread across the country and would strengthen the national economy.

The projects, which were abandoned during the last four years, are being made operational on the directive of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

PM Shehbaz Sharif said by April 30, the power turbines would be installed at the projects to generate electricity, which would be supplied to the rest of the country through transmission lines.

He expressed gratitude to the Government of China for extending support to Pakistan in carrying out development projects under the CPEC.

He vowed that the coalition government would put in all efforts to materialize the CPEC projects, with the agriculture sector as its next phase.

He announced a hospital for the people of Tharparkar to provide them with medical facilities at their doorsteps.

The prime minister said no one was above the law and would not be allowed to support terrorists and use them as shields. Condemning Tuesday’s terrorist incidents that targeted military personnel, he said the malicious agenda of the enemies of Pakistan would be foiled.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the project could be materialized as the federal government and the Sindh government worked in harmony to facilitate the masses.

He expressed satisfaction over the level of cooperation between Pakistan and China over carrying out development projects, which he said had resulted in the improvement of health and educational facilities.

Federal Minister for Power KhurramDastgir said the pluralist government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was committed to providing civic amenities to the people across the country.

He said under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the development of indigenous resources was a big step towards self-reliance and was also valuable in terms of foreign exchange of the country.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said the political and economic interests of Pakistan and China were aligned for the benefit of the two nations.

He termed the completion of the Thar Coal project a success for all stakeholders from both countries.

Chinese Charge d’Affairs Pang Chunxue said the commercial operation of the Thar coal project ranked high among other coal-fired power plants. She assured all possible cooperation by the government of China in the field of development and progress.

Shanghai Electric Power Company Limited is the executing agency of the projects, while the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) is the coordinating ministry, and Private Power and Infrastructure Board is the supervising agency.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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John Mar 23, 2023 08:13am
These morons remain clueless what mess they have created fro Pakistan!
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Sumroo Mar 23, 2023 08:53am
Nice optics...the reality is quite opposite!
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KhanRA Mar 23, 2023 09:19am
How does polluting their environment help the people of Thar? Tharis lack even electric infrastructure so they won’t be connected to this power plant. Solar is cheaper and easier to install than coal plants, and sunshine is even more plentiful than Thar coal.
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Greg Daniel Mar 23, 2023 12:16pm
Does Greta know about this?
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Shahbaz Ali Mar 23, 2023 12:59pm
China and India generates about 60% Electricity from coal. USA and Russia same. This is an open secret of their success. Strangely some people praise these countries and in same breath criticize Pakistan's use of coal! Pakistan is late to coal part but all rich countries are already knee deep in coal...
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ahgroup Mar 23, 2023 01:07pm
I hope it does produce that much of low cost electricity as they are claiming. Checkout my work too on <a href="https://ahgroup-pk.com/blog/famous-deserts-of-pakistan/">Famous deserts of Pakistan</a>
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Abdullah Mar 23, 2023 02:03pm
@Sumroo, what is the reality.Whats bad in getting more electricity.Or you just had to comment to spread negativity
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Maqbool Mar 23, 2023 03:59pm
Good news, but are the Transmission lines in place to carry the electricity produced ? If not will the concerned person in WAPDA be put behind bars for treachery. It’s not the first time power plants came on stream, government paying companies for not producing bijli , while the people suffer, thanks to WAPDA and never action taken. For example the Solar energy electricity in Sindh many company’s started Solar energy production , while WAPDA dilly dallied for years giving the contract , same with the hubco Karachi transmission line . Accountability seems suspended in animation .
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Az_Iz Mar 23, 2023 04:43pm
@Shahbaz Ali, your comments are very accurate and on the money. Thar coal should have been used long back.
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Az_Iz Mar 23, 2023 04:45pm
Thar coal is producing the cheapest electricity in the country. It provides energy security, creates jobs and saves foreign exchange. Unfortunately so many power plants were built with imported coal and RLNG.
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Amir Mar 23, 2023 09:56pm
Sirjee, will you please clarify what happened to the proposal of Mr Gordon Wu made by him several decades ago to mine the Thar coal and set up power plants of FIVE THOUSAND Mw. Why did he disappear? Had his proposal materialized Pakistan would have been a different country today!
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m maqsood Mar 29, 2023 02:07am
when these projects will start to generate electricity?
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