The meeting was further informed that the financial close will be achieved within 18 months and work on ground would start within six to nine months. The chief minister said that people in coastal areas were facing problems including power facility and it is utmost priority of the present government to provide them with basic facilities. He said that the coastal belt of Thatta district was rich in wind, and power in abundance could be generated there.
The meeting was informed that the Federal Government had signed the letter of intent with USAID whereby wind power plant of 150 megawatt would be established. It was informed that there will be 51pc share of private investment firm while 49pc share will be of Government of Pakistan, and the same is being implemented with the collaboration of USAID.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Sindh Minister for Environment and Alternative Energy Shaikh Muhammad Afzal, Adviser to the CM on Planning and Development Dr Kaiser Bengali, Adviser to C.M., Sindh, for Investments Zubair Motiwala, Senior Energy Planning Advisor, office of Energy of USAID Chris Hauson, Programme Management Specialist Saeed Anwar, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh Ahmed Bux Narejo, Secretary Board of Investment Younis Daghia, Secretary Environment and Alternate Energy Mir Hussain Ali, Ms. Sarah Pervaiz, Arif Pervaiz, EDO (Revenue) Thatta, Dr Hafeez Sial.
Pakistan can generate over 350,000 MW electricity through only wind energy against the country’s total demand of about 21,000 MW peak summer, necessitating solid steps to explore the potential.