DUNYA NEWS, (Web Desk), 27th SEPTEMBER 2013:- Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid today (Friday) said the government is striving to exploit the vast potential of renewable energy to meet the growing energy requirements of the country.
He was speaking at a function in conncetion with biomass energy project in Islamabad.
The project will be completed in four years with the cooperation of United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
The Minister said several wind energy projects are in the pipeline and 2500 megawatt of electricity will be generated through this source by 2015.
Similarly‚ attention is also being given to exploit the potential of solar energy.
He said Pakistan is an agriculture country and has abundant resources of biomass‚ which could be utilized to significantly meet the requirements of industrial sector hit hard by the energy crisis.
Pervaiz Rashid pointed out the country was facing shortfall of five thousand megawatt when the present government assumed the power. He says the government retired circular debt of about four hundred and eighty billion rupees‚ which increased the power generation to the record 17000 megawatt.
He said steps have also been taken to remove inefficiency in the transmission system and a campaign is also continuing against those involved in gas and power theft.
The Minister said the government is also taking long term measures to ensure energy security. These measures include coal based Gaddani power project which will add 6600 megawatt of electricity to the system. Work on Neelum Jhelum hydel power project has also been expedited and this project is now expected to be completed by 2016.
Meanwhile‚ Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid later visited Pak-China Friendship Center and participated in a ceremony to observe World Tourism Day.