Thar coal: First 50MW project almost complete

Published: November 25, 2011
50 MW coal gasification plant almost ready. Project costs Rs8.9 billion with a foreign exchange component of Rs5.8 billion.

50 MW coal gasification plant almost ready. Project costs Rs8.9 billion with a foreign exchange component of Rs5.8 billion.


The first 50 megawatts (MW) in the Thar coal gasification project has almost been completed and the development process is in progress, said Member of the Science and Technology Planning Commission, Dr Samar Mubarakmand, on Thursday.

Talking to a news channel, he said the project is to cost Rs8.9 billion with a foreign exchange component of Rs5.8 billion.

He said the success of the Thar coal project will lead to investment from leading international  companies.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2011.

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  • erfan
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:53AM

    Good job done, best ok luck n keep up the good work


  • Rizwan
    Nov 25, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Its Great News.


  • Asif Shaikh
    Nov 25, 2011 - 3:33PM

    ALHUMDOLILLAH . Congrats Pakistan ! its a greta achievement because this is a new technology and INSHALLAH PAKISTAN going to apply it on a large scale.


  • Zavia
    Nov 25, 2011 - 6:29PM

    We done Dr Samar Mubarakmand and his team.


  • Nov 25, 2011 - 11:52PM

    off course it is great blessing of Allah on Pakistan.Plz accept my heartiest congradulation on completion of 50 MV .Plz …….Plz tell me when we will get its reward in shape of Electricity to combat need

  • Muslim
    Dec 6, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Great job Mr Mubarakmand. We need more people like him, who are honest & sincere. Not like the corrupt politicians. Wish we could fire all of them!!


  • Cautious
    Dec 6, 2011 - 7:10PM

    It wasn’t very long ago that Dawn ran an article which indicated that there wasn’t a single operating facility on the planet that was producing energy using this technology – Australia which was considered the foremost experts shut their plant down. Anyone bother to ask this politician/bureaucrat exactly when this project was going to be completed and what Pakistan knows that the rest of the World doesn’t?


  • antanu
    Dec 6, 2011 - 7:59PM

    What it has to do with the success of project? Why we should bother if others are using this technology or not. If it can help a flailing nation its great. Its not necessary that something unsuitable to one is not suitable to other also.


  • Imu
    Dec 7, 2011 - 10:20AM

    Pakistan is gifted with natural resources. When it comes to exploitation of natural resources, Pakistan should only do business with countries it can absolutely trust as these natural resources are very precious that will bring about self sufficiency and boost its economy for the benefit of the common Pakistani.


  • afzal
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Congratulation to Dr Mubarakmund and his team for success.It is success of Engineers and Pakistan.Our future is Bright Inshallah.


  • Muhammad Saqib
    Dec 22, 2011 - 2:32AM

    Congratulations to all experts involved in this project. Great Work!


  • Engr.Ghulam Abbas Cyclewala
    Jan 13, 2012 - 5:08PM

    I think UCG is an excellent process ,a scientist can dream ,of all good result on laboratory table , but such uphill task requires a huge investments ,and a through study , based on a logical audit and a Bankable feasibility.The area in question is huge , risk of under ground fire through combustion ,can contaminate water .At the moment the hot debate on this topic is all wishfull thinking by a sector of people.In the larger interest of people ,for the reason best known to them. I think all this experiment will end up ,by open mining, which will bring good quality of Briquitte,which will be either exported, or find its use in Pakistan. Further the time frame spelled by experts like one and two years is not real. Even to import the Machinery for such minning takes two to three years.
    I can only wish the thinkers success, may thier dream come true.

    Chemical Engineer


  • Dr A.Salam Khan.
    Jan 23, 2012 - 11:39AM

    sir you have done a great job.this is a bright way for Pakistan, if govt of pakistan give full sport.


  • ParvezM
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:09PM

    @Engr.Ghulam Abbas Cyclewala:
    Nothing is value for you unless it is approved by gora masters. We all know how guys like you behave wanting a cut of every thing. Dr. Mubarakmand has already built Nukes and missiles and his technical knowledge is beyond doubt.Be positive for a change.


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