Welcome address by Rashid Hussain Kazi Secretary to Energy Department Government of Sindh at Consultative Workshop on SREDP

Karachi, October 03, 2018 (PPI-OT): Honourable Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Illango The country Director WB Pakistan, Chief Secretary Sindh/ Chairman P and D Board, CEO AEDB, Excellency Ambassadors, Provincial Ministers, Energy Experts, Honourable Members of National Assembly and Sindh Assembly , Distinguished Guests , Ladies and Gentle Man Assalaam-o Alaikum. At the outset, I am thankful to honourable Chief Minister Sindh and all the distinguished guests, who has spared his precious time to join us in this consultative workshop organized in collaboration with the World Bank for promoting the solar Home systems in the province for sustainable economic development under Sindh solar Energy Project (SSEP).

Energy is the life line of the economy and has direct impact on the socio-economic development. Sindh Energy Department was established in 2013 under the able guidance and supervision of the honourable Chief Minister, the development of wind corridors in Jhampir and Gharo are in full swing. 20 project are producing 1035 MW from wind and 4 projects of 200 MW are in construction and provide electricity by the end of this year.

Despite all these efforts, the Department realized that the contribution of energy in the overall country’s national pool, the common people at gross route levels are still not getting the benefits of the economic uplift due to high costs of energy supply, unavailability in rural and remote areas for sustainable development, whereas, the development world was taking advantage of renewable energy resources in lieu of its Little to No Global Warming Emissions.

Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions, which trap heat, steadily drive up the planet’s temperature, and create significant and harmful impacts on our health, our environment, and our climate. We thankful to the World Bank, having common objective of promoting green energy technologies. WB has committed to provide its technical and financial support for the SREDP project. The one-fourth of our population is in remote and rural areas having no access to electricity.

The irony is that the rest of the three-fourth of the population having access to grid interconnection is suffering the long hour load shedding of 12-16 hours , when the scorching sun has raised the temperatures around 50 degree celsius. The SSEP Program is mainly focused to divert the conventional methods of energy production to the state of the art new RE technologies in the four fields: i.e.: i) Roof top solar electricity options in grid connected areas, ii) smart mini, micro grids in the rural areas for electrification, iii) A model grid connected 50 MW power project on solar PV at Manjhand Area distt Jamshoro, and iv) Ensuring the standards and quality controls for new solar equipments under capacity building component. We are thankful to the World Bank, its subsidiaries Global Infrastructure Fund (GIF) for their technical and financial support for the proposed project.

The Concept Clearance of the project has been duly approved by the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform, Govt of Pakistan. The Objective of this consultative workshop is to provide all the participants a forum to discuss, share experience, provide guidance and devise a strategy, develop a road map for successful implementation of solar Home system program in rural areas.

A Questionnaire form will be distributed amongst the experts for their feedback. We request all the experts for active participation I hope the outcomes of this workshop will pay a vital role in developing a stable infrastructure for [project. I once again thank to all the distinguished guests of this workshop, the honourable Chief Guest, excellences, dignitaries and with Energy experts and other stakeholders for active participation enabling the successful project implementation.

Thank you all

For more information, contact:
Energy Department, Government of Sindh
3rd Floor, Statelife Building No.3,
Dr. Ziauddin Road, Opp: CM House Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99207134/32/33
Fax: +92-99206276
Email: info@sindhenergy.gov.pk
Website: http://sindhenergy.gov.pk/