11 wind power projects agreement signed

ISLAMABAD: Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has signed an agreement for the construction of 11 wind power projects which would generate 550 megawatts electricity, media report.

Rana Abdul Jabbar, the chief executive officer of AEDB, signed the agreement with apprehensive companies to build 11 windmills in Sindh which would inject electricity up to 550 MW to the National Grid. Wind power is a sustainable and renewable energy, and has a much smaller impact on the environment compared to burning fossil fuels.

The contracts have been handed over the 10 private companies which will construct the aero generators on separate localities in Sindh’s Jhimpir village to produce electricity for the energy-starved country.

According to details, the companies will construct 50 MW windmills each and one 60 MW aero generator to produce electricity in the mid of 2021.

Minister for Power Division Omer Ayub Khan had already announced the government’s plan to generate 8000 megawatts of electricity through renewable energy by 2025. The minister said that around 85 per cent electricity will be produced through domestic resources to provide the commodity on affordable rates to the consumers in the country.

Earlier, the Alternative Energy Development Board in its 46th Meeting under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan had approved the draft ARE Policy 2019 on the basis of agreement of all members on October 11.

Chairman AEDB Omar Ayub stated that the policy aims at creating a favorable environment supported by a strong framework for the sustainable growth of ARE Sector in Pakistan.

Federal Secretary Power Division, Irfan Ali on the occasion apprised the meeting that for the first time a very ambitious yet workable policy has been attempted to tap the original resources of the country.

He said that the policy provides for the steering committee comprising of all provinces and co-opted members who will decide major projects of renewable energy.

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