Published On: Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

SECMC, Sindh govt sign MoU with Atlas, Liberty and Sapphire

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ISLAMABAD: Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and Government of Sindh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Atlas, Liberty and Sapphire to set up country’s first Thar coal-based Power Plant with an investment of US$ 800 Million.

This will essentially pave the way for a much-needed shift of Pakistan’s current energy mix on most abundant indigenous alternate energy resource in Pakistan. This will attract new investments from various national and international entrepreneurs in this sector vowed the companies in their joint statement after the MoU signing ceremony.

This MoU and the project development are in line with the Government of Pakistan’s vision of promoting indigenous fuel based projects to create a sustainable energy future of the country. The construction of the proposed 2x300MW power plant may achieve financial close in 2014 and is expected to start power generation in three years from the date of financial close.

This MoU will also encourage various international lenders to invest and provide financing for this mega project. Thar Coal has the potential to change the energy landscape of Pakistan. Once scale is achieved, Thar coal can also be used for coal gasification for fertilizer and petrochemicals industry opening up new avenue for industries in Pakistan.

SECMC is a lease-holder of Thar Block II and plans to construct 3.5 million tons per annum coal mine, to feed the mine mouth power plants. Thar Coal is one of the biggest unexploited energy reserves with over 175 billion tons of coal, sufficient to cater to the country’s energy needs for next 100 years.

The companies believe that investment in Thar Coal project today are a preliminary step towards building the capacity, which will foster a more developed and energy-efficient Pakistan.

The Government is also keen to establish 10,000 MW of coal based power plants over the next 10 years to produce cost efficient, affordable and reliable electricity, thus reduce the circular debt, and save significant forex by relying on indigenous energy resource.
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