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Energy Crisis in Pakistan and the Thar Coal Power Project

Pakistan is facing a serious energy crisis due to the increasing demand in energy due to demographic pressures and industrialization. Pakistan has been suffering from an energy crisis for the last four decades.  Pakistan produces about 81 percent of its electricity through oil and gas, which costs us about 9.4 billion dollars.

The country’s present power generation capacity stands at 28,000 MW out of which only 22,000 can be distributed due to primitive transmission and distribution system. The Thar Coal Power Project was started to fulfill the energy requirements of the country and has started generating 330MW electricity to be added to the national grid.

The project will also contribute to reducing the oil and gas import bill by billions of dollars, while the export of surplus electricity can generate $25 billion annually. The estimated 175 billion tonnes of coal can help produce 100,000 MW power for the next 200 years and with an estimated worth of $25 trillion, the coalfields can solve the energy problems faced by Pakistan.

The capacity of Thar coalfields is 68 times more than Pakistan’s total gas reserves and holds more energy than Saudi Arabia and Iran combined. The Thar Coal Power Project is a key aspect of helping Pakistan prosper and become the great nation that it was created to be.