Sindh CM gives go-ahead for 250MW waste energy project


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday said directed Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) to prepare a policy to hand over garbage for power generation.

This he said while presiding over a meeting on Waste and Water Energy Project (WAEP) 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, MD Sindh Solid Waste Management Authority Saeed Mangnijo, MD Water Board Khalid Shaikh and water and energy experts of private sectors.

The CM said that Karachi is generating 17,000 tons of garbage every day from which 250 MW power could be easily be generated.

Sindh chief minister said that he has consulted with experts and they are of the view that 50 MW power could be generated by feeding 3,000 tons of garbage every day. “We generate 17,000 tons of garbage and could easily install five plants, each one of 50 MW to generate 250 MW electricity from garbage,” he said.

He directed the Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani to approve the policy of handing over the garbage to any 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 at Jam Chakro for the power project.

After a thorough discussion, the chief minister 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 the implementation of the project,” he said and directed Planning & Development (P&D) Chairman Mohammad Waseem to send the proposal to the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Unit for expeditious processing of unsolicited bid as per the rules.

In the meeting, it was proposed to convert a reverse osmosis (RO) plant installed at Hub into a 100 MGD desalination unit. Along with this desalination unit, a 900 MW RLNG-based power plant can also be installed, the experts proposed the chief minister.

The chief minister 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 KE. He also issued directives for processing of unsolicited bid process under PPP rules.

The chief minister was told that a discussion with DHA and Clifton Cantonment Boards have been made for installation a 10 MGD desalination plant. A suitable piece of land was being found out in the outskirts of CBC/DHA for installation of the plant.

The meeting also decided to refurbish Dhabeji Pumping Station. The chief minister issued directives for its bidding process under PPP mode.