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Sindh Government Approves Thar Coal Mine Expansion Worth Rs15.8b

The Sindh government approved the third phase of the Thar coal mine expansion project, which is anticipated to cost Rs 15.8 billion and involve the excavation of an additional 12.2 million tonnes of coal per year, hence reducing coal imports and saving $420 million annually in foreign exchange.

Murad Ali Shah stated that a joint venture between the Sindh government and Sindh Engro began in 2009 to exploit the Thar coal deposit.

Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh informed the chief minister that, since Phase-I of the SECM project was completed two years ago, 3,8 million tonnes of coal and 660 megawatts of energy had been produced annually.

The chief minister was informed that in the first phase (July 2019), 3,8 million tonnes per year were being excavated for 660 MW of power generation.

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In the second phase, 7.6 million tonnes per year of coal were excavated to produce 1,320 MW of energy, while in the third phase, 12.2 million tonnes per year of coal would be excavated to produce 1,980 MW.

Sheikh reported that the first phase costs $627 million, the second phase costs $216 million, and the third phase cost will be $93 million. The project would be submitted for final approval to the provincial cabinet.

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