Karachi – Punjab Minister for Energy Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Malik has said that productive and efficient energy projects will be prioritized in order to facilitate the masses and to curb the ever expanding gap between supply and demand of electricity.
He stressed upon the need to expand the alternate energy projects and to maximize their output as part of minimizing the effects of ongoing energy crisis.
He expressed these views while visiting Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur. He said that alternate energy projects like wind, solar and waste to energy are being pushed forward on priority list as part of Prime Minister’s 100 days plan.
He opined that Pakistan’s dependency on alternate energy projects can significantly lower the burden on national grid in a shorter span of time as these projects can be completed in shorter span of time and are maintenance-friendly as compared to mega-projects like hydal.
Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Malik reiterated current government’s resolve to convert all government buildings into “green buildings”, saying that energy department will set the example by first making its own buildings energy efficient. He said that projects worth as much as 3500 MW capacity were delayed and foreign investments were endangered due to lack of interest from previous government. Current government is prioritizing all such projects which have cleared feasibility and tariff stage and are ready to be started.
Minister energy was briefed by Director Administration Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Col (R) Muhammad Hasan, Manager Operations Muhammad Hasan Askari. He was also given detailed presentation by Arslan Khan, Manager Admin Zorlu Energy, a Turkish power producer.
Minister was told that second phase of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park producing 300 MW has been completed by Zonergy, a Chinese energy conglomerate while third phase of 600 MW capacity is underway by Turkey’s Zorlu Energy and 80% work has already been completed.