LONDON - The UK entrepreneurs have been invited to highly lucrative and potential prospects of investment in alternative energy sector in Pakistan to help the country overcome acute energy shoratge. At a dinner hosted by Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the members of Pakistan Alternative Energy Board explained the purpose of their visit and sought technical co-operation and investments from the UK. The delegation headed by Alternative Energy Development Board Chief Executive Arif Allauddin, during four-day visit held meetings with various departments and visited projects of alternative energy working successfully in the UK. During the visit, they visited Wind Farm in Glasgow and attended Business round table at Scottish Development International and New and Renewable Energy Centre and held discussion with the British Experts. Speaking on the occasion, Arif Allaudin said the Pakistani government has now realised that it cannot depend entirely on the fossil fuel for generating electricity and is looking for alternate sources of energy. In this regard, he said wind energy presents the most cheapest and greenest form of energy and the government has set aside substantial area between Karachi and Hyderabad for establishing Wind farms. Already, he said a Turkish company has set up a wind-powered turbine near Thatta, which is generating 1.5 megawatts of electricity, which would increase substantially when the entire project is completed in the next two years. He said the government is offering attractive returns to the foreign investors on their investments in Pakistan and urged the UK business community to take advantage of this golden opportunity. The CEO, AEB, said Pakistan is keen to benefit from the advances made in the alternative energy by the UK and were impressed by the amount of electricity being generated through wind turbine in Scotland. In addition to wind power, Allaudin also informed the guests about AEB's interest in other renewable energy such as solar, hydro and energy generated from waste. Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner lamented the lack of vision on the part of the government prior to 2008 parliamentary elections to invest in the power sector and said that not a single megawatt was added to the national grid that has led to present acute energy shortages. Describing energy as the engine of growth and industrialisation, he said the present government realising this severe problem has initiated a number of measures to overcome the energy deficit. He was hopeful that UK investors would take advantage of the liberal investment policies of the Pakistan Government and initiate joint ventures or fully participate in the alternative energy projects. Delegation members and leading businessman Rafiq Dawood and Major-General (r) Sikander Hayat explained the prospects in the wind energy in Sindh and hydro-power in the northern areas respectively.