Karachi, November 16, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh is all set to produce over 1,000 Megawatts of renewable energy just on the basis of wind power by next year 2018 coinciding with change of power in the country after next general elections. Resultantly a strong, robust, and statutory regime is required to sustain and further increase achievements of Pakistan in the arena of alternative energy that will work uninterruptedly regardless of change of governments in Islamabad and in the provinces after the forthcoming elections, said speakers at a media briefing here on Thursday.
The 2nd International Wind Energy Summit is being organized at a hotel in Karachi on 22 November, 2017 to discuss all such issues related to promotion of clean energy production in the country as Sindh leads all other provinces in this cause due to abundance of wind power resource. Chairman of organizing committee of the Wind Energy summit Naeem Qureshi stated this while briefing newsmen about salient features of the upcoming moot.
Mr. Qureshi informed newsmen on the occasion that Sindh owing to presence of Pakistan’s first wind corridor in Gharo-Jhimpir area already had achieved installed capacity of 788.5 MWs of wind-based power generation owing to 15 wind projects that had entered into operational phase. Moreover, he said, nine more power projects of 445 MWs cumulative generation capacity had achieved financial close and were in various stages of construction.
He said that Alternative Energy Development Board is encouraging development of another ten wind energy projects in the province having expected cumulative capacity of 1200 MWs, which would be constructed by 2019-20 through the process of competitive bidding of tariff after shifting from the current regime of upfront or cost-plus tariff.
He said that upcoming moot would thoroughly take into account progress so far been made in the arena of alternative energy, future of wind energy in Pakistan having special focus on Sindh, foreign and local investment opportunities available in the sector, and technologies being used to tap clean energy resources of the country.
He said that conference was being organized with the aims to further brighten future of alternative energy sector in the country, better planning of the sector in future, provision of best regulatory regime for maximum generation of clean electricity, availability of foreign and local investment prospects, and use of modern technologies for the purpose.
Likewise the first wind energy moot, its second edition is being supported and endorsed by World Wind Energy Association, Sindh government’s Energy Department, Alternative Energy Development Board, Govt of Pakistan, and similar other concerned organizations of the power sector. The Energy Update is organizing the summit.
The keynote speakers and participants of the conference are Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Energy Development Board Amjad Ali Awan; Chairperson of Sindh Board of Investment Naheed Memon; Sr. Director Tariff NEPRA Mohammad Sajjad, FFC Business Manager Imran Shah; Ambassador of Denmark in Pakistan; Mr. Alvaro Bilbao, CEO – SIEMENS Gamesa Renewable Energy (Spain), Dr. Ing. Patric Kleineidam, Head of Department – Wind Energy (LAHMEYER INTERNATIONAL GMBH, GERMANY), Mr. Sarim Sheikh, President and CEO-GE Pakistan, Syed Mustafa Shah, Head Business Development EPC Power – Descon Engineering Ltd., Director Alternative Energy of Sindh Govt Mahfooz Qazi, Rehan Hamid, CEO STDC, Dansih Iqbal, President Wind Energy Association of Pakistan, chief of Sindh Transmission , Zafar Sobani and Dispatch Company Rehan Hamid, senior officials of NTDC, and Central Power Purchasing Agency, and others.
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