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Sindh Govt To Establish Its Own Grid System To Improve Power Distribution In Province

Karachi, October 03: Sindh Government is working on a plan to establish its own grid system in order to remarkably improve distribution of electricity for the benefit of power consumers in the province. This was stated by Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh as he met in his office a delegation of “Energy Update” led by Naeem Qureshi. Provincial Energy minister said on the occasion that Sindh government was also working on a plan to establish power plant in every city of the province to make it self-reliant to fulfill energy needs of its own residents. Mr. Imtiaz Sheikh said that provincial government had been giving preference to projects of alternative power especially wind energy being installed in the province. He said that Sindh government was fully sincere and serious to resolve issues being faced by projects of alternative energy in the province on a priority basis. He said that no doubt investment being made to develop projects of wind energy had ushered Sindh province into a new era of development and prosperity.

He said that indifferent attitude of relevant federal authorities concerned had been hampering further progress and expansion of alternative energy sector in the province. He said that completion and commissioning of some 35 similar energy projects in the province had been delayed owing to non-cooperation on the part of relevant federal authorities. The provincial Energy minister said that at present over 1,000 Megawatts of electricity was being generated in Sindh on basis of alternative energy as more than 15 wind power projects had been commissioned and were connected to the national grid. He said that Sindh had massive potential to generate much more clean electricity using its abundant potential of wind energy.

He said that prospective investors from within and outside the country would be encouraged to invest in the alternative energy sector of the province as provincial government would provide utmost support to them.

He said that Sindh government had been in constant touch with the federal authorities concerned, the World Bank , other international donor agencies, and concerned private sector for growth and expansion of alternative energy sector in the province. In this regard, Sindh government has been working on a number of initiatives to promote solar energy in the province.

The provincial minister said that alternative energy sector could play an important role to overcome persisting energy shortfall and also to energize industries and commercial centres in Sindh.

On the occasion, Mr. Naeem Qureshi congratulated Mr. Sheikh on assuming the office of Sindh government’s Energy minister.

He informed the provincial minister that third International Wind Energy Summit was being organized in Karachi on 11 October, 2018 which would be attended by renowned names from within the country and outside related to the alternative energy sector. He invited the provincial minister to attend the upcoming conference as its chief guest.

Mr. Sheikh lauded the plan to hold international wind energy summit in Karachi saying that Sindh government would fully support similar initiatives of holding conferences on the issue of alternative energy.

The Energy Update’s delegation also comprised of John Richard and Mustafa Tahir.

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