Pakistan to introduce green channel for Chinese firms

Hurdles in implementation of energy projects will be removed: Qamar.

Express August 02, 2011


Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar said on Tuesday a ‘green channel’ would be introduced specifically for Chinese companies to remove bottlenecks and implement energy projects, including construction of dams and generation of power, on a fast-track basis.

The government has taken initiatives to set upfront tariffs for multiple fuel-based power projects, operate and maintain public sector power generation companies through the private sector and convert independent power plants to cheaper fuels in a bid to attract private sector investment, he said.

Qamar was speaking at the concluding session of the first China-Pakistan Joint Energy Working Group meeting held in Beijing. National Energy Administration’s Deputy Administrator Qian Zhimin led the Chinese side during the talks. According to a press release issued here, the minister said the growing energy demand in Pakistan was a challenge for the government, yet it provided immense opportunities for Chinese investors to contribute to reducing shortages while sharing benefits.

“As per estimates of Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco), there is a deficit of around 5,000 megawatts in our system, which can further rise due to rapidly increasing power demand,” he said.

“The identified hydropower potential in the country is around 60,000 megawatts, most of which is economically exploitable. In contrast, the existing installed hydropower capacity is less than 20 per cent of the potential,” he said.

“Our total coal reserves, which are largely in Thar, are estimated to be around 185 billion tons. Even if half of these deposits are exploited properly, an additional 100,000 megawatts will be generated for the next 30 years,” he said.

Later addressing a press conference at the Pakistani Embassy, Qamar said if any project faced hurdles in implementation, these would be removed by streamlining official channels. He said around 80 per cent of energy projects in Pakistan were being developed with Chinese assistance.

To a question about Indian concerns over hydropower projects of Pakistan, the minister said it was very clear that the plants were being built in lower riparian areas, adding if Pakistan or India had any complaints they could utilise the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty, which had been signed by both the countries.

Moreover, he said, an international arbitration channel was also available for this purpose.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.


Pakistan | 12 years ago | Reply Estimated Thar Coal reserves are around 850 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) which are equal to 400 Billion Barrel of Oil more equal to the oil reserves of KSA & IRAN put together. Total investment required $2Billion, by using only 2% of existing Thar Coal reserves. Pakistan could generate around 20,000 MGW of electricity and this reserve will last for several centuries. Secondly Southern Part of Pakistan is situated on wind belt from where wind mills can be installed to produce electricity and pump out water to grow its economy up to the highest level of developed countries.
Edwin Gorter | 12 years ago | Reply

Yes, let's hire the Chinese. The people that are building these 'great' dams in their own country with a total lack of respect for the people living in those areas. Really fantastic.Not.

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