ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari Friday jointly performed groundbreaking of the US 1.6 billion dollar Thar Coal power project to help the country meet its energy needs.
The project will initially provide 660 MW of power for Pakistan’s energy starved industrial units. It will complete in 2017 and help spur economic development and bring energy security to the country.
The two leaders of PMLN and PPP performed the ground breaking of the project that will be carried out by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) – a joint venture between Engro Powergen and Government of Sindh.
The project in Block – II of Tharparkar District is spread over an area of 79.6 square kilometers. According to a feasibility study, the project is commercially viable and has no significant environmental threats and social implications.
In the Phase I, the project will develop coal mining and power project with a capacity of 3.8 million tons per annum and 660 MW.
Subsequently the mine will be expanded to a coal capacity of 6.5 million tons per annum to support a 1300 MW power plant.
In Phase II it is planned to expand mining project to 13.5 million tons and 19.5 million tons, with a power generation capacity of 2400 MW and 3600 MW.
The Thar coal field has an estimated lignite reserves of 175 billion tons, equivalent to total oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and Iran combined and can be used to produce 100,000 MW for 200 years, according to the data available by SECMC.