ISLAMABAD - Advisor to Prime Minister for Water and Power Dr Musadiq Malik has hoped that Gadani Power Project would be a new dawn for the people of Balochistan.
Musadiq Malik has said this power project will overcome gape in power supply and demand as it will generate 6600 MW electricity. He said this huge project would also pave that ways for more jobs in the area and will play a crucial role in the development of the province. Power complex at Gadani, he added, would include ten power plants of 660 MW each and cost around US 14 billion dollars. The advisor said under this project ten coal-based power plants will be established in Gadani and China will provide assistance for the completion of the project.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emphasised that the project should be duly publicized to aware the private investors and also directed the finance minister to arrange a briefing for the local bankers on the project.
Dr Musadiq said private sector will be playing a leading role in completion of Gadani Power Park. He added that completion of the Gadani Power Park Project will be aimed at generating 6600 MW electricity to meet country's growing industrial and domestic requirements.
Meanwhile, renowned Scientist Dr. Samar Mubarakmand has said that Gadani Power Project is based to run power plants through coal which will produce low cost electricity. Talking to Radio Pakistan, Dr. Samar appreciated the government's decision to build Gadani Plant in Balochistan, which would help bridge the prevailing power shortfall.
He said Pakistan could produce electricity Rs. 8 per unit if utilize coal from Thar and Lakhra. He said the electricity produced by the use of coal costs less. If local coal was used then electricity could be provided to consumers at Rs 8 per unit and in case of imported commodity, it would cost Rs 13 per unit.
Dr Mubarikmand said it was an important initiative of the government, which would help bridge the power shortfall being faced by the country. He said Pakistan had a rich soil which may take Pakistan to heights of economic prosperity provided it adopts apt policies.
He added that Pakistan was gifted with abundant natural resources from which energy can be generated in a big way. Dr Samar said only Thar Coal can provide guaranteed long term energy security to Pakistan's industrial competitiveness, due to its cost effectiveness.
He said the total power generation capacity of the country on coal based was 2.27 per cent while India had 64.6 per cent. "In this situation, Thar Coal would play a pivotal role in meeting this energy crisis both in long and short term", he added.