KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Solid Waste Management Authority to prepare a policy to hand over garbage for power generation.
“Karachi is generating 17,000 tons of garbage every day from which 250 MW power could be generated,” he said on Monday while presiding over a meeting on `Waste and Water Energy Project (WAWEP)’ here at the CM House.
The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani, CM Advisor on Information Murtaza Wahab, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Local Government Khalid Hyder Shah, Managing Director Sindh Solid Waste Management Authority Saeed Mangnijo, MD Water Board Khalid Shaikh and water and energy experts of private sectors.
The Sindh chief minister said that he had consulted experts and they were saying that 50 MW power could be generated by feeding 3000 tons of garbage every day. “We generate 17,000 tons of garbage and could easily install five plants, each one of 50 MW,” he said.
Shah directed Saeed Ghani to approve policy of handing over garbage to a private company for power generation and get it approved from the board. “This would help to invite private party for installation of a power plant at landfill site at Jam Chakro,” he said and directed the local government minister to reserve a separate piece of land there [Jam Chakro] for the power project.”
After a thorough discussion, he directed the water board to prepare a proposal of recycling 73 MGD waste water for industrial purposes.
“This is high time to take necessary measures for implementation of the project,” he said and directed Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem to send the proposal to Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit for expeditious processing of unsolicited bid as per PPP rules.
In the meeting a proposal was made to convert an RO plant installed at Hub into a 100 MGD desalination unit. Along this desalination unit a 900 MW RLNG based power plant can also be installed, the experts proposed to the CM.
Murad Shah said that he would talk to the federal government to materialise the project. The electricity to be generated from the plant would be sold to K-Electric. He also issued directives for processing of unsolicited bid process under PPP rules.
He was told that discussion with DHA/Clifton Cantonment Board had been made for installation of a 10 MGD desalination plant. A suitable piece of land was being searched out at outskirt of CBC/DHA for installation of the plant.
The meeting also decided to renovate Dhabeji Pumping Station. The chief minister issued directives for its bidding process under PPP mode.