Saturday, January 18, 2014

MULTAN: USAID offers help to private sector for power generation


MULTAN: USAID Pakistan Development Advisor Sajjad Mughal said on Friday that the private sector must come forward to overpower energy crisis and offered funding and technical assistance from USAID for power generation projects.

In a meeting with industrialists at the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Mughal, however, added that US laws did not permit assistance for coal power pilot projects but USAID assistance was possible for wind power, solar power and hydel power.

USAID was ready to assist if some members of the MCCI were willing to set up a power plant and ensure power supply to this area or a cluster of it, Sajjad Mughal said.

He said many USAID projects worth Rs 42 billion were in progress in Pakistan to improve system of different power distribution companies, bring transparency and reduce line losses.

He said any power project involving USAID help would have to be environment friendly.

MCCI President Khawaja Usman lauded USAID for involving the private sector in battle against energy crisis, however, stressed that help should also be forthcoming for coal power plants.

He said solar and wind power technology be transferred to Pakistan.

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