Thar coal gasification project: ‘First test burn expected this month’

The project will cost $115.6m and generate 100MW of electricity.


September 06, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


Planning Commission’s Member Science and Technology Dr Samar Mubarakmand on Tuesday informed the National Assembly’s Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources that the first test burn of the underground coal gasification (UCG) at Thar was likely to be conducted in September.


The committee, which met here under the chairmanship of Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai, was told that the UCG project would cost $115.6 million and generate 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Mubarakmand said that $9.22 million had been released so far for the project, adding that $8.1 million was allocated under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2011-12.

“The current energy crisis is causing a loss of Rs230 billion every year with the loss of 400,000 jobs,” he said.

He said that the Thar coal project could play a pivotal role in ending the energy crisis in short and long terms.

He said that Thar lignite coal reserves were 175 billion tons and were spread over 9,600 square-kilometres.



Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2011.

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COMMENTS (5)

Habib | 9 years ago | Reply

Hope this will work but pray it works intime.

Ali tanoli | 9 years ago | Reply

@ Ali Dear ali world largest economies make more elect with coal and they know this like u.s.a make 40 to 45% elect from coal why they dont know its bad more motors run on amer roads its like elephant teeth ................

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