Pak province to install windmills for power

ABU DHABI — The government of the province of Sindh in Pakistan has embarked on a programme to install windmills along the coastal belt that will help generate power to meet 30 per cent of the domestic consumption of the province.

By N. Srinivasan

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Published: Wed 2 Feb 2005, 9:19 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:27 PM

Muhammad Noman Saigal, adviser to Chief Minister of Sindh on Environment and Alternative Energy, told Khaleej Times at the venue of the ongoing Environment 2005 Exhibition and Conference in the capital yesterday that the project, estimated to cost $875 million, will be located on a sprawling area of 22,000 acres.

"We have already signed 16 MoUs and appointed 16 consultants for the project that will go a long way in augmenting the generation of power that is steadily on the rise with increase in population and industrial activity," he said.

Work on the project is expected to commence after six months and the windmills at the initial stage of operations will produce 20 MW of power, he said.

The Government of Pakistan is also working on plans to generate power through alternative sources so as to cater to at least 10 per cent of the total demand, he said.

Referring to pollution caused by emissions in automobiles, particularly three-wheelers, Mr. Saigal said a scheme has already been initiated to introduce CNG-driven vehicles, not only covering autorickshaws and private vehicles but also the fleet of the mass transport system.

The Government is also undertaking an environment impact assessment with studies under way in respect of 30 schemes, mainly in the air and water sectors.

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