ISLAMABAD: Planning Commission declaring Thar Coal project of nuclear scientist and Chairman of the Governing Board of Thar Coal Project Dr Mubarik Samarkand as ‘unfeasible’ has stopped its funding.
“The commission has concluded audit of the project and stopped release of funds for it on the grounds that we think it unfeasible. It’s not possible to produce 10 megawatt electricity from the Thar Coal,” Shahid Sattar, Member Planning Commission (PC) said while addressing The International Energy Summit here on Saturday.
He said the release of more funds of the pilot project would be ‘risky’.
He said nuclear scientist Dr. Samar Mubarakmand has failed in producing gas through Thar Coal field. “The gas flamed only for four hours and then dropped off,” Shahid Sattar said.
On other hand, nuclear scientists has contradicted the statement of Shahid Sattar saying that it seems Mr Sattar has never gone to Thar. “Coal Gas remained flaming for almost four months and if still someone couldn’t see it then its his fault,” he said.
Earlier, Dr. Samar said that through underground gasification technology, electricity can be generated at Rs3 to 4 per unit while diesel can be produced at $40 per barrel.
Dr. Samar Mubarakmand is a nuclear scientist and a Member of Science and Technology, Planning Commission.
For last many years he with a team of dedicated scientists is trying to use coal reservoirs at Thar, Sindh, considered to one of the largest reservoirs in the world.