KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced that it would be establishing its own grid company under a public-private partnership to produce clean electricity being generated in the country’s only wind corridor in the Thatta-Jhimpir area of the province.
The announcement was made by Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh while speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of the 17th World Wind Energy Conference-2018 on Wednesday. The three-day conference was organised by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) with the theme “Re-energising the developing world”.
The provincial minister said that the proposed grid company would serve as the cornerstone of the Sindh government’s energy policy being pursued to harness the massive potential the province has.
He said that the Sindh government would establish its own grid company in pursuance of the same policy spirit, which had been earlier utilised to set up its own transmission and dispatch company for transmitting electricity from the 100 MWs Nooriabad Power Plant.
Shaikh said that the Sindh government had reserved 60,000 acres land in the province to develop renewable energy projects, showing its outstanding commitment to generate electricity using alternative resources.
He said that 23 wind energy projects had started functioning in the Gharo-Jhimpir corridor, while another 30 to 40 such projects were at different stages of completion.
The energy minister hoped that the federal government would readily grant approvals to upcoming wind energy projects in Sindh.
The energy minister concluded by saying that the Sindh government would soon launch a $100 million solar power project with the assistance of World Bank as this would benefit the residents of off-grid areas in rural areas.