OUR STAFF REPORTER KARACHI - Thar coalfield holds the key to the energy security of Pakistan, being one of the largest coal (lignite) deposits in the world comprising of 175 billion tons which can produce 100,000MW of electricity for next three hundred years. In order to create awareness, showcase the potential, attract investment and highlight Government of Pakistan/Sindhs initiative in the development of Thar coal deposits, an International Coal Conference is being organized under the auspices of Thar Coal Energy Board and Sindh Board of Investment on October 22 (Saturday) at Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, said an announcement of Sindh government on Monday. The governments commitment to Thar coal development and its achievements in providing enabling environment for coal mining, power generation and other uses of coal will be presented to a much wider audience. Renowned international and national coal sector specialists, potential investors, existing project developers, representatives of development financial institutions, diplomatic corps and other stakeholders and expected to the attend the Conference. Apart from these, all members of Thar Coal and Energy Board, Provincial Ministers, Secretaries of various Departments and officers of related Federal and Provincial agencies are also being invited. This conference will provide a good networking platform for all players in the coal value chain.