Government to set up 120MW waste-based power project in Karachi

The federal cabinet in a meeting decided to implement four new initiatives and ordered the related divisions for action.

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The government has decided to launch a 120 MW waste-based power project in Karachi. This new step is a part of the Federal cabinet’s decision of implementing four new initiatives in different areas.

A source, while talking to a news outlet, stated that the federal cabinet in a meeting decided to implement four new initiatives and ordered the related divisions for action.

The first initiative is related to setting up 100 to 120 MW waste to energy project in Karachi. It will be brought to existence by the Maritime Affairs division and will aid in making use of waste produced by two ports in Karachi.

Back in January of 2018, NEPRA (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority) had announced levelized tax on US cents 10/kWh (Rs.16 per unit with the current conversion rate) for Municipal Solid Waste based electricity.

More than 20 million tons of municipal solid waste is generated in Pakistan:

This tariff, based on 25 years operational period, had been announced with an overall capacity of 250MW, whereas the share of every province and Federal Territory had been kept at 50MW each.

More than 20 million tons of municipal solid waste is generated in Pakistan, and there’s an annual increase of 2.4%.  All big cities, i.e. Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, and Islamabad are facing difficulty, tackling the problem of waste.

The tariff for Municipal Solid Waste based electricity wasn’t warmly welcomed by investors. Only one company accepted levelized tariff for a generation of Municipal Solid Waste based electricity.

The government has taken the decision to implement the decision by themselves and set up 100 to 120 MW solid waste power plants in Karachi.
According to sources, setting up the plant is a good initiative, and will reduce waste-related issues.

The second initiative of Federal cabinet is related to housing for KPT (Karachi Port Trust) employees. Under this, the Maritime Affairs Division will construct a high rise building on the KPT land.

Another initiative is related to the launch of One patient, One ID, Hospital Management Information System in all hospitals of the Federal government. And in another initiative, the IT &T Division in consultation with Federal Education and Professional Training division will set up a National Job Portal, so candidates can search and apply for jobs in the government.

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