Thar coal fired power plant : Status update

Thar coal fired power plant : Status update

KARACHI: (APP) Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Friday chaired a meeting to review progress of Sindh Engero Coal Mining Company (SECMC).

The mining operation it had started in Thar Coal field block-II and to install a coal-fired Power Plant to generate 660 MW by 2019.

Addressing the meeting at the CM House here, the CM Sindh said that it was the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to steer the country out of darkness of load-shedding by generating electricity on coal-fired power plants, said a statement.

The meeting was attended by SMBOR Rizwan Memon, Principal Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, Secretary Energy Agah Wasif, Secretary Home Riaz Memon, Secretary Irrigation Zaheer Hyder Shah, CEO SECMC Shamsuddin Shaikh, his two directors, Fazal Rizvi and M. Saqib.

CEO SECMC Shamsuddin Shaikh while briefing the chief minister said that the mining operation has started on war footings.

He said that overall 6 percent progress has so far been achieved against the planned 5.3 percent progress.

He said that 31 meter mine depth has been achieved, large scale mining equipment would reach by next month and drilling of de-watering wells and other infrastructure is in progress.

Talking about the progress of two coal fired power plants, each one of 330 MW, Mr Shaikh said that basic engineering has been completed, procurement activities are ahead of schedule with the placement of purchase order (PO) for boiler, Steam Turbine and Steam Turbine Auxiliaries.

Syed Murad Ali Shah urged the SECMC CEO to accommodate as much local in jobs as possible.

The CM Sindh was told that presently, 2,028 employees working there, of them 647 were Chinese, 997 Tharis and 384 others.

The CM Sindh directed him to create employment opportunities for the women as well.

The CM Sindh taking a policy decision approved setting up a school over two acre land near Thar Lodges, Islamkot so that local residents would be imparted proper education.

The CM Sindh directed IG police to provide more security at Thar coal field Block-II for Chinese engineers.

The Home Secretary informed that presently 35 Rangers personnel have been deployed on the security of foreigners working at block-II.

Apart from it 134 policemen have also been deployed at the Site. More police force would be deployed there till the creation of a special force of 2000 ex-armymen for CPEC projects .

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