Biogas Proposal to End Power Cuts at Meat Plants06 January 2014
PAKISTAN - Meat processors in Punjab have called on the government to share the cost of installing biogas plants at their operations to ensure a regular supply of energy.
The processors are concerned that their productivity and competitiveness are being hit by continued power cuts.
They say that the industry that has the potential for more than $2 billion in exports annually needs investment of Rs80 million for each plant to install biogas energy and a secure source of electricity.
According to The Nation the pressure on the government is being led by Nasib Ahmad Saifi, Chairman Saifi Group of Companies and Chairman Standing Committee on Halal Meat Export, LCCI.
He said that severe power cuts have already spoiled investment in Punjab while existing meat processing industrial units have cut production by at least 50 per cent as they cannot compete with the international market if they operate on electricity produced through diesel generators.
He said a German company is willing to provide Pakistan’s halal meat sector 0.5 megawatts of electricity through biogas with the use of latest technology.
Mr Saifi suggested that the government should contribute 50 per cent—i.e., Rs 40 million of the total expenses of Rs80 million to take up the German offer.
According to the Nation report project would not only provide electricity and gas to factories for the next 25 years but also increase halal meat exports two or three times times.
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