Sindh State Eyes Foreign Coal Investment

July 19 2002 – The Sindh government has decided to establish direct contacts with foreign governments especially Poland and the Ukraine, in addition to China, for
attracting investment in Thar coal projects.

Necessary co-ordination with the foreign office, will be maintained, informing them of all developments. This information was given to Sindh Chief Secretary K. B. Rind at a briefing about the Mines & Mineral Development Department, its directorate and Sindh Coal Authority [SCA]. Rindh said Sindh is blessed with many natural resources which can be utilised with attentive services, to bring about socio-economic change and prosperity for the benefit of the people of this province.

He also assured that all the problems faced by this department would be solved. Mines and Mineral Development Secretary Mohammad Aslam Sanjrani presented province-wise break-up of coal reserves.

According to him, Punjab has 0.257 billion t of coal, Balochistan has 0.196 billion t, NWFP 0.082 billion t and Sindh has over 184.123 billion tonnes of coal deposits. He said in Sindh, 1.328 billion t of coal has been found at Lakhra field in Dadu district, 7.112 billion t at Sonda-Jherak field in Thatta district, 0.161 billion t at Jhimpir-Meting field, 0.016 billion t at Badin field and 175.506 billion t at Thar coal-field.

SCA Director-General Dr Abdul Ghani Pathan informed that a feasibility study of town gasification would be carried out by the Sindh and Balochistan governments for provision of gas to towns from local coal mines, as per the presentation on this subject by the petroleum and natural resources ministry to President Musharraf in March 2002.

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