Kot Momin—There exists huge potential of Biogas production in the country, especially in rural areas, where the energy needs of domestic and industrial users can be met through this easily available and inexpensive source. this would also help reduce the energy shortages in the country. This was stated by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Mr. Arif Alauddin while briefing a team of journalists accompanying him on a visit to local Kino Factories.Mr. Alauddin reiterated that the existing energy crisis in the country was more serious than anticipated; in fact, that was only one dimension of the picture, considering 40% people in Pakistan are without electricity and 60% without natural gas, and yet they pay five times more than the people in urban centres to meet their energy needs.
He said that the country during the last three years made significant progress in power generation through alternative / renewable energy (ARE) resources including waste to energy / biomass. He said that private sector, local and foreign both were being facilitated for investment worth billions of dollars in ARE sectors annually, as Pakistan offered lucrative fiscal and financial incentives to investors in this sector.
He said that a World Bank funded project for carrying out detailed study for Biomass / Waste-to-Energy projects in 20 cities of Pakistan had been initiated. Technical proposals had been evaluated by AEDB, and are now awaiting the World Bank concurrence to award the project. Another Waste to Energy Study, funded by USTDA is being carried out for Karachi to generate 10 MW power. He said that AEDB had also issued a LoI to set up a 12MW Biomass to Energy power project in Sindh, based exclusively on Agricultural Waste. The project is jointly sponsored by investors from US and local entrepreneurs, the SSJD Bio Energy. Another LoI has been issued to M/s Lumen Energia Pvt Ltd. to set up an 11MW power plant at Jhang, based on Agricultural Waste like cotton stalk, rice husk, sugarcane trash / bagasse, wheat chaff and other crops as multi-fuel sources.