Economics & Business

Study be undertaken to build a number of small power stations: President

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has said the study may also be conducted on building a number of small power stations of 20 MW to 30 MW. President said this during his meeting with a Chinese delegation headed by Senior Vice President Three Gorges Corporation of China, Mr. Wang Shaofeng. Delegation called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.

Senator Dr. Asim Hussain, Minister for Petroleum, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, Mr. Jam Siafullah Khan Dharejo, Minister for irrigation Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah and Ms. Shazia Marri were present during the meeting besides Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar.

Briefing the media Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that meeting was pursuant to an earlier meeting of the President with the Chairman of China Three Gorges Project Corporation Mr. Cao Guangjing held in April where the President had advised the Federal Government to task the Corporation to also build a run of the river hydro project at Sukkur Barrage and had asked the Water and Power Minister to liaise with the stake holders to finalize project proposal within 60 days.

During this meeting, the Spokesperson said, Mr. Shaofeng briefed the President about site investigation and preliminary report prepared by Three Gorges Corporation of China on the Sukkur Barrage for building a run of the river hydro power project of 120 MW.

It may be recalled that China has offered financial and technical assistance to massively develop hydro and wind power, up-grade the existing transmission system and provide an integrated solution to the problems of power shortages and disruptions in Pakistan. The Three Gorges Project Corporation of China which is pioneer in hydro power project development is already involved in a number of multi purpose hydro and wind power projects in the country including Karot, Taunsa, Kohala and Bunji hydro electric projects. Various wind projects are also underway as a part of finding an integrated solution to meet the growing the energy needs of the country.

He said that various options for building run of the river hydro project at Sukkur Barrage, as proposed by Three Gorges Corporations, were considered during the meeting.

The President advised that the important factors such as relocation of households and existing highways be accorded top consideration in further undertaking the study and developing the plans for implementation of the project. The President said that economical viability was also another important factor to be given due consideration.

He said that besides undertaking 120 MW power project on Sukkur Barrage, the study may also be conducted on building a number of small power stations of 20 MW to 30 MW, depending upon the capacity, on the various distributaries in that area.

The President appreciated the Three Gorges Project Corporation for undertaking the power projects and offering assistance to the country in order to find integrated energy solutions. He reassured the Corporation the Government would provide all possible facilitation and assistance to it during its work on building power projects in Pakistan.

Earlier, Mr. Wang Shaofeng and his delegation also offered condolence to the President over the death of his father. The President thanked them for their sympathies and for condolence.-online

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