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Chinese firm plans Thar coal mining in October

Steel News - Published on Tue, 17 Jul 2012

Dawn reported that a Chinese mining firms would begin mine development at a Thar Coalfield block in October this year producing coal in commercial quantities through open pit mining by the Q1 of 2015.

This was stated by director of Global Mining of China Sheharyar Chishti while giving a progress update on the firm’s coal mining project at Block-I of the coalfield at a Thar Coal and Energy Board meeting presided over by Mr Syed Qaim Ali Shah CM of Sindh.

Mr Shahruk Khan CEO of Oracle Coalfields UK assured the meeting that his company would start mine development in the Q1 of 2013 and coal production by 2014. Briefing the meeting on the present status of their project at Block-VI pre development ground activities had already been started.

He said that Oracle Coalfields had signed a ‘joint development agreement’ with the Karachi Electric Supply Company on June 25 for establishing 300 MW power plant in the first phase which would be subsequently increased to 1,100 MW.

Work on community and social responsibility had also been planned to begin by August 2012 which would be part of long term sustainable development for local communities and include job creation and training for local people, establishing a medical centre, provision of clean water and electricity to local communities and veterinary services.

Mr Muhammad Sohail Rajput secretary for Coal and Energy Development Department said that the Sindh government was giving a high priority to the infrastructure development required for coal mining and power generation projects at Thar. The government of Sindh had allocated PKR 8.5 billion in the current financial year for schemes of improvement of roads water supply, disposal of waste water from Thar Coalfield and construction of an airport.

He said that the ministry of water and power was pursuing the policy of conversion of oil based power plants, under the independent power producers and power generating companies, to imported coal. These retrofitted plants would be gradually shifted from imported coal to Thar Coal when it would be available.

Mr Zafar Mehmood secretary for Water and Power said that the government would issue a policy guideline to all stakeholders and a policy would be formulated so that the retrofitting of oil based power plants was done in such a manner that those plants were also compatible with the specifications of Thar Coal.

Mr Shahid Sattar of the Planning Commission informed the meeting that a Thar Matiari transmission line project was very critical for development of Thar Coal and assured of full support of the PC in that regard. Three project sponsors were working in blocks I, II and VI of Thar Coalfield and they could not achieve financial close until the work of transmission line was contracted out.

Dr Samar Mubarakmand a member of the Planning Commission also gave an update on the underground coal gasification pilot project at Block-V. He said test burn was ignited on December 11th 2011 and now syngas was being produced, which could support an 8 MW to 10 MW power plant. The Planning Commission had decided to provide funding for an 8 MW to10 MW power plant during the current financial year.

Mr Syed Qaim Ali Shah CM of Sindh said that the government was fully committed to development of Thar Coal which had the potential of turning the country’s economy around. Thar coal resources could be used for power generation, chemical production and other purposes and had the potential to provide energy security to the country. The work on the project be accelerated for the benefit of the people.

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Posted By : admin on Tue, 17 Jul 2012
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