STAFF REPORT IBD: Member of the Science and Technology Planning Commission, Dr Samar Mubarakmand has said that the gas shortage would be end within a year through coal reserves.

“Pakistanhas enough coal reserves through which we could daily produce 50-60 million cubic feet gasifier, which will end the gas shortage from the country,” Dr Samar told the media.

To a question, he said that for gas production project the Planning Commission required 1.5 million dollars. He said that three to four gasifiers from coal will reduce the shortage of gas on an urgent basis.

Dr Samar said that it was for the first time inPakistanthat the coal gasification is being launched on commercial basis and abundant and cheap electricity would be available.

He further said that coal was burnt at about 250 feet underground on December 11, amd December 19 and scientists successfully found the gas at Islam Kot area of Thar.

He further added that this project could generate 10,000 megawatts electricity for 30 years and could produce 100 million barrel diesel per year.

The Thar coal project would become operational in December 2013, he said.

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