Govt exploiting all energy resources: Randhawa

Lahore—Punjab government is focusing 11 small coal power plants sites of 150 mega watts each as well as constructing 1180MW combined cycle RLNG Bhikhhi power plant and three hydro power projects of total of 17MW in the province.
Punjab Energy Department Chief Engineer (Power) Iftikhar Ahmad Randhawa disclosed this in an exclusive talk with APP here Sunday.
He said that Punjab government was exploiting all energy resources including coal, solar, wind, bio-mass, agro-waste, hydro and other renewable sources to optimize electricity generation at provincial level.
He said that feasibility of 22MW bio-mass power plant at Chak Jhumra had been completed, adding that up to 750MW electricity could be generated annually through bio-mass source in the province.
To a question, Iftikhar Randhawa said that two villages were being selected as model in the limits of Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) and Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) for construction of agro-waste/bio-mass power plants of 300 kilowatts each in both the model villages and after their successful operation, its scope would be extended to other villages of the province as well.
PED Chief Engineer (Power) said that Punjab government had also been working on three small hydro power projects with total of 17MW generation, which included 7MW project at Marala, 5MW each at Chiyanwali and Dek Outfall, while 2.86MW hydro power plant was functioning at Pakpattan.
He mentioned that one mega watt hydel power plant’s operation for one hour could save 250 litres oil, consumed by a thermal plant instead, and in this way it could reduce substantially the oil import bill.—APP

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