India to help Islamabad power plant installation

December 29, 2013 - 8:48:54 am
LAHORE: Pakistani province Punjab’s Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has announced that 1,277 megawatts of electricity will be generated from 10.94 million tonnes 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 yesterday.

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.

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.

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