Chinese delegation discusses low-cost energy projects at PCJCCI Secretariat
LAHORE, July 12(Gwadar Pro) - A Chinese delegation from Huzhou visited the Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) to discuss the scope of investment in low-cost energy projects here at the PCJCCI Secretariat on Tuesday afternoon. The delegation was headed by Gan Meilin, Chairman, Xiandeng, Hi-Tech Electric Co.
On this occasion, PCJCCI President Moazzam Ghurki said, "We are fully confident that the future of China-Pakistan relationship is broad and bright." He said that low-priced energy was produced in China through incineration of waste materials. This model could prove to be a solution to the energy crisis and environmental pollution in Pakistan. He also said that many Chinese companies were willing to invest in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) incineration for power generation.
Gan Meilin, Chairman, Xiandeng, Hi-Tech Electric Co said that in Pakistan about 3,000 MW of electricity could be generated using agricultural residue and municipal solid waste. He maintained that Pakistan generated about 15 million tonnes of crop residue annually, which could be used as feedstock to generate 120 MW of electricity. He added Pakistan had a huge potential for renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, and biomass, which would also save foreign reserves to be consumed on high-cost energy.
The delegation was of the view that the construction style in Pakistan was conventional and inefficient. By contrast, the Chinese employ highly energy-efficient construction technology and style that could save construction and energy cost in Pakistan by up to 10 times. He added that among the 530MW cumulative generation capacity in Pakistan, 400 MW (75 percent) was generated from Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, the first-ever power plant capable of generating solar energy in Pakistan, owned by the Punjab government and built by one of the renowned Chinese company.
Hamza Khalid, Vice President, PCJCCI, said that to nurture the industry and economic uplift, there was a dire need to inculcate modern trends of energy projects and construction among the common masses. With the involvement of the general public, he added, the trends and standards of modern construction would start to reflect in other segments of society. He also said that the shortfall of fuel and electricity in Pakistan was an indication for them to decrease their dependence on conventional fuel resources and find new sustainable resources.
The joint chamber's Secretary General Salahuddin Hanif said that Pakistan could adopt a safe and balanced approach to exploit its vast coal reserves too for power generation with the least damage to the environment to overcome energy shortfall without burdening the economy.