JVs with Indonesia to import eco-friendly coal to be beneficial

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Joint ventures with Indonesia in terms of importing Eco-Friendly coal could prove to be prolific in overcoming the voracious energy crises in Pakistan. It was stated by Shah Faisal Afridi, President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry while addressing an Indonesian delegation from prosperity Indonesia Holdings Company. The prominent members of the delegation were Wu Xin Qiang, general manager prosperity Indonesia, Ching Wenchang, Director Pakistan office and Mr. Tian li, Quality manager, Prosperity Company. Shah Faisal Afridi, in his address welcome, highlighted the need for Pakistan to redefine the energy mix on the pattern of developed countries that are utilizing coal as major source of power generation and for this he regarded Indonesian collaboration a positive development.
He uttered that Coal should be given the highest national priority to meet our energy needs. He informed that Coal, is cheap and plentiful. He said that it will cost less than 1.5 rupees per unit (1 US cent) while the power generated by burning furnace oil costs around 13 rupees per unit and power from burning gas costs 5.5 rupees per unit. The prime objective of the delegation was to discuss the possibilities of exporting high quality Eco-friendly harnessed coal to Pakistan from Indonesia. In this regard General Manager of company Wu Xin Qiang told that coal from Indonesia is preferred all over the world due to the utilization of clean coal technologies employed in mining, these clean coal technologies are focused on the reduction of emissions produced by coal-fired power generation, he added.

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