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March 21, 2019

PPIB’s efforts bear fruit as Thar coal starts generating power

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March 21, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first ever power plant based on Thar coal starts generating electricity. The first unit of 2x330MW Engro Powergen Project has been synchronised and started supplying power to the national grid, say a press release on Wednesday.

This is the beginning of a new golden chapter in the energy history of Pakistan as the Thar coal will provide energy security, save billions of dollars of precious foreign exchange which is the first step towards the self-reliance, generate thousands of jobs in one of the most remote areas and provide model housing schemes and clean drinking water to the Thar project under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme of various mining and power generation companies.

Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) under the Power Division has remained the main driving force along with government of Sindh, SECMC, Engro Group of Companies and Chinese companies to achieve this historic milestone. This significant feat marks a new era for energy security in Pakistan and the realization of Thar dream.

The project is being implemented as “Prioritised Project” under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a game changer initiative for development of mega energy and infrastructure projects in the country.

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