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Thar coal can ensure Pakistan’s energy security alone: CEO SECMC

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) Amir Iqbal has said that Thar coal alone can ensure the energy security of Pakistan besides reducing power tariffs significantly.

Talking to APP here, he said that unlocking indigenous Thar coal reserves could generate approximately 100,000 megawatts (MW) electricity for the next 250 years.

Coal was considered a cheap energy resource to catch up with future energy requirements of both the domestic and commercial consumers in Pakistan, adding in the last five years coal-based power production had also witnessed a significant increase, he added.


The CEO said in order to scale down fuel import costs, the country needed to shift towards local coal resources. Even in India, coal-fired power plants produce over two third of total electricity, he added.

He said India imports 200 million tons coal annually besides utilizing 500-600 million tons domestic coal while Pakistan’s coal production stood at a mere 14 to 15 million tons per annum.

Amir Iqbal said currently SECMC was extracting 7.6 million tons per annum coal from Block-II and its capacity was being expanded to 11.2 million tons.

Thar coal had total 13 blocks but presently coal was being mined from two blocks, he added.

Terming coal reserves the future of Pakistan, Amir Iqbal said Thar coal could not only be used for power generation but also in the cement and steel industries. However, he said Thar coal had not yet been connected through the railway network.

Once, Thar coal was connected with the railway network, it would not only open to the entire world but also pave the way for the economic prosperity of the country, he remarked.

In power plants, the average coal consumption is approximately 0.62kg/kWh. However, the new efficient power plants utilize 10% less coal as compared to the ordinary plants, he said.
A FOOL is living in FOOLS paradise...!
 
Because we opted to use imported coal despite PPPP strong opposition

Nawaz sharif wanted coal plant to be in punajb not thar and only way that coul have happened was high quality coal

Just like he wanted first motor way in lahore rather then karachi Hyderabad which would have added more sense

Just like orange train in lahore rather then KCR karachi which would have made more sense (given already land and planning available and being a larger port city)

Hence, people form central punjab will vote for him even though if karachi remains undeveloped and gets a trickle down effect by paralyzing all the country

Provincial govt can't fund a 2 b $ project without LOANS grantee from center
Reeks of corruption
 
Stop making fool to nation. Lol, You end up investing more energy making energy out of coal than you get out of it in terms of megawatts. Lignite is the least energy intensive form of coal, it is regarded a dirty energy source lying somewhere on the spectrum between coal and peat.
 
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) Amir Iqbal has said that Thar coal alone can ensure the energy security of Pakistan besides reducing power tariffs significantly.

Talking to APP here, he said that unlocking indigenous Thar coal reserves could generate approximately 100,000 megawatts (MW) electricity for the next 250 years.

Coal was considered a cheap energy resource to catch up with future energy requirements of both the domestic and commercial consumers in Pakistan, adding in the last five years coal-based power production had also witnessed a significant increase, he added.


The CEO said in order to scale down fuel import costs, the country needed to shift towards local coal resources. Even in India, coal-fired power plants produce over two third of total electricity, he added.

He said India imports 200 million tons coal annually besides utilizing 500-600 million tons domestic coal while Pakistan’s coal production stood at a mere 14 to 15 million tons per annum.

Amir Iqbal said currently SECMC was extracting 7.6 million tons per annum coal from Block-II and its capacity was being expanded to 11.2 million tons.

Thar coal had total 13 blocks but presently coal was being mined from two blocks, he added.

Terming coal reserves the future of Pakistan, Amir Iqbal said Thar coal could not only be used for power generation but also in the cement and steel industries. However, he said Thar coal had not yet been connected through the railway network.

Once, Thar coal was connected with the railway network, it would not only open to the entire world but also pave the way for the economic prosperity of the country, he remarked.

In power plants, the average coal consumption is approximately 0.62kg/kWh. However, the new efficient power plants utilize 10% less coal as compared to the ordinary plants, he said.
تھر والوں کو سوائے گھر نکالے کے کچھ بھی نہیں ملے گا۔ سارے نوکر اور مالک پنجاب سے آئیں گے، کچھ حصہ سندھیوں کا منہ بند کرنے کے لئے انکو بھی دے دیا جائے گا۔
اور آخر میں یہی انصاف ہوگا تھر والوں کے ساتھ۔
 
Stop making fool to nation. Lol, You end up investing more energy making energy out of coal than you get out of it in terms of megawatts. Lignite is the least energy intensive form of coal, it is regarded a dirty energy source lying somewhere on the spectrum between coal and peat.

Yes lignite is bad..but if you build a plant write it mine mouth you can create a lot of cheap power

This isn't a discussion any more..it's already been proven..that coal is producing 2000mw already..that is a huge number

Pakistan power problems stems from two problems
1- corruption, stealing and free electricity to portion of population
2- costly production given illogical plants setup in punjab with costly coal, furnace oil and arguably LNG (since LNG Is now pretty expensive)

Solution is complex but involves
1- stop super taxing electricity
2- privatize all distribution networks
3- allow private individuals to sell electricity (solar net metering), infact encourage it through a loan system
4- build hydro electric dam and retire older furnace plants
5- try to renegotiate 20-30RR projects though this willnt work
 
It's about affordable energy and electrity.

Now it's getting out of reach, no industry is viable with such high energy cost.
 
Instead of RLNG plants if coal fired were built it would be way useful now
 
Burning so much Lignite to produce electricity will have side effects.
 
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