Technical support: India to assist in installing biomass power plant

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Published: December 28, 2013
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The Punjab government has announced that Pakistan will seek Indian assistance in curbing the energy crisis, which has crippled life and business activities in the province and the whole country. PHOTO: FILE

The Punjab government has announced that Pakistan will seek Indian assistance in curbing the energy crisis, which has crippled life and business activities in the province and the whole country. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has announced that 1,277 megawatts of electricity will be generated from 10.94 million tons of biomass available from the residue of crops.

The minister was speaking at a ceremony marking the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Indian technical assistance for installing a 15MW biomass power plant here on Friday.

A company from Indian Punjab named Universal Biomass Energy will help Pakistan by providing necessary technical guidance for setting up the plant.

The minister said the plant would be handed over to Pakistan in two years, after its successful installation and operation, adding the plant would be linked to a 132-kva supply line.

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The MoU was inked by Universal Biomass Energy Private Limited Director Pareet Singh Badal, Punjab Agriculture Secretary Dr Ejaz Muneer and Punjab Energy Department chief engineer Iftikhar Ahmad Randhawa.

Later talking to the media, the minister stressed that the Punjab government was committed to resolving the energy crisis.

Responding to a question, he said talks with different countries were under way for establishing biomass power plants in Punjab.

Pareet Singh Badal said the steps being taken by the Punjab government to tackle the energy crisis were commendable. The Indian delegation later left via Wagah border.

The agreement came after the recent visit of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to India where he met with his Indian counterpart and other officials. The Punjab government has announced that Pakistan will seek Indian assistance in curbing the energy crisis, which has crippled life and business activities in the province and the whole country.

The latest MoU will help Pakistan develop ability to switch from conventional oil-fired electricity generation
to cheaper biomass. The government has also undertaken a massive project to shift some power plants from oil to coal.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • C. Nandkishore
    Dec 28, 2013 - 4:35AM

    Biomass power plant is at most a good captive power plant. Nothing more. Wonder how many biomass plants are working in Indian Punjab?

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  • optimist
    Dec 28, 2013 - 6:18AM

    We must applaud PML N for efforts of normalisation of relations with neighbours. Pakistan and India have to choose peace… neighbours are a fact of life whether we like them or not!

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  • right direction
    Dec 28, 2013 - 7:30AM

    Energy being core issue seems top priority of govt.

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  • mesquite
    Dec 28, 2013 - 2:46PM

    As though india has some great technology for biomass gasification. Dont waste your money and time. Contact US companies and get it done. I can understand if you want India to supply power or gas. But this is a joke. Mainly because we in India waste billions of tons of biomass daily to rot and stink.

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  • LunacyAsailam
    Dec 28, 2013 - 9:31PM

    We want a de denuclearized Pakistan. So that our troops may advance into Iran,Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Europe.Soon, inshallah.

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  • antanu
    Dec 28, 2013 - 11:23PM

    a good move .This is the way forward for both the countries.

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  • Gp65
    Dec 29, 2013 - 12:24AM

    Economic collaboration is desirable. If the new army chief and Nawaz sharif are on the same page and do not create problems on LoC, it will benefit both countries.

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  • Lala Gee
    Dec 29, 2013 - 12:41AM

    Can’t we get help from other countries pleasee…?

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  • someone
    Dec 29, 2013 - 2:05AM

    if he is so serious why don’t he build waste to energy plants?Recommend

  • polpot
    Dec 29, 2013 - 1:04PM

    @Lala Gee: “Can’t we get help from other countries pleasee…?”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Indeed Somalia Ethiopia…..but why would they help?

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  • Brookside
    Dec 29, 2013 - 1:27PM

    It’s more of technical support to Badals and Sharifs to each other in both Punjabs . Badal clan has managed to form govt by winning election by hook or crook but it’s highly corrupt and criminalised govt . Sharifs are helping badals by installing biomass plants in pakistan punjab and badals are helping Sharifs by giving contracts to garbage disposal company from Turkey . Here’s report about biomass company of Badals.. Like always common people are fooled again and again ..

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/biomass-plants-low-tariff-no-permission-to-sell-power-to-other-states-worry-entrepreneurs/606030/0

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