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Qaim Ali Shah performs ground breaking ceremony of Thar Coal Mining and Power Project

Karachi, March 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah today performed the ground breaking ceremony of Thar Coal Mining and Power project of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Thar Block II and other infrastructure schemes related to Thar Coal held at Chief Minister House.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Sindh who is also the Chairman of Thar Coal and Energy Board, said that it was Pakistan People’s Party Government, which during the last tenure, under the dynamic leadership of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had initiated this project of power generation of coal at Keti-Bunder (District Thatta) which was later shelved by the subsequent government stating that there is no need of power generation on coal.

Now by initiating this project by present government, the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto is proved to be in fact, Chief Minister Sindh added. He said that the Thar Coal and Energy project has now been felt in the larger interest of not only the Sindh but for Pakistan.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that we will now be able to generate power from Coal. He said that it is effort of President Asif Ali Zardar and the Federal Cabinet headed by the Ex P.M Mr. Yousif Raza Gillani that Thar Coal reservoirs and the entire subject was admitted and accepted as subject belonging to Sindh province. He further said that later, the Thar Coal and Energy Board was formed and work was started on fast track under one window operation.

Chief Minister Sindh informed that there are 8-blocks in Thar Coal field and many investors have came forward to participate in those projects. He said that the World Bank has very kindly came for assistance and has cooperated. Chief Minister further appreciated the spirit of those investing groups and recently Thar Coal and Energy Board had approached Federal Government for sovereign guaranteed of $700 Million for Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company.

He added that there will be 51% share of Sindh Government and 49% Share of Engro Caol. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh government has done efforts to provide basic facilities and infrastructure there so as to attract more investors. He added that 61 R.O’s have been installed in various localities of Thar, while Air Base is being completed there.

Earlier Senior Minister Education Pir Mazharul Haq, Chairman Sindh Board of Investment Mr. Zubair Motiwala, Chief Executive officer Engro Coal also spoke on the occasion and termed Sindh Coal and Power generation as source of Projects. Sindh Secretary for Coal and Energy Mr. Aijaz Ali Khan, Secretary Coal and Energy Development Department / MD Thar Coal and Energy Board welcomed the participants and informed that the project aims to develop a coal mine in Thar with the production capacity of 6.5 million ton per year and also construct a 300 MW Power plant, in the first phase.

The Company also planned to supply coal to Power Plants of GENCO at Jamshoro. Total cost of the project is US Dollar 1.35 Billion and it will be completed in 3.5 year. The share of Government of Sindh in the equity is 51% whereas Engro Group will invest 49% in the equity Mr. Ajaz Ali Khan acknowledged the valuable contribution of the President of Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Energy Board, Team of Engro corporation and all those who were associated with this noble task of bringing energy Security and through prosperity to the people of Pakistan.

He further said that today we are also inaugurating following infrastructure schemes:-

Ground breaking of Thar Airport at Islamkot sufficient to cater for Boeing 737 and medium range aircrafts, ground breaking of improvement and widening of Roads for transportation of heave mining machinery to Thar Coalfield ( two schemes) (Phase-I Thatta to Wango Morr 200 Km and Phase-II Wango Morr to Thar Coalfields-125kms), Inauguration of Thar lodge at Islamkot ( a 20 bedded world class accommodation to facilitate investors in Thar), Inauguration of 61 Reverse Osmosis Plants covering a population of 637000 (25 RO Plants in Thatta and Badin + 36 RO plants in Thar and Umarkot).

In total 110 RO, plants have been established in four districts that are providing clean drinking water to people of four districts. The launching of this project will usher into a new era of energy security for the country and prosperity for the people of Pakistan. It will fulfill the long awaited dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +9221 99202019
Cell: +92300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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