ARACHI: The United States has offered Pakistan setting up a 200MW mobile power plant at the Karachi port. The plant would be installed on a ship and could reach Pakistan from the US within few days. US Ambassador in Pakistan, N. W. Peterson and other US officials made this offer of setting up floating power plant in their recent meetings with the Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. Sources said that the USA was also keen to provide resources for the installation of further IPP and for the Azad Kashmir and other hydel projects.
The Ambassador of the United States to Pakistan Ms. Anne W. Patterson at a meeting with Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf has offered to extend cooperation in power sector and to hold a joint international investment conference on coal based projects in Islamabad in May or June this year. She also assured USA’s continued support for technical assistance, capacity building and import of power from Central Asian States. The Ambassador informed that USAID will launch a three-year $30 million activity to assist Pakistan.
She informed that they were funding two full time technical experts supported by short-term technical assistance for energy strategy formulation and implementation to improve private-sector energy efficiency and develop energy sector professionals through coordinated training programs and twinning arrangements that exchange staff from Pakistani and US institutions.-SANA