ISLAMABAD (APP) - The World Bank has assured Pakistan that it would consider support for key operations to improve the efficiency and security of Pakistan's energy supply system. An official delegation led by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Salman Faruqui held discussions with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation in Washington to seek support for the development of energy sector in Pakistan. According to a message received here on Thursday from Washington, the bank would consider investment support to further enhance technical and operational efficiency in the distribution companies and enable them for privatization through a strategic sale and introduce conservation measures. It assured the delegation to consider advisory and investment support to enhance the power generation capacity, efficiency and reliability of the gas-based Guddu power station, raising its capacity from 1100 MW to 1600+ MW through a suitable public private partnership. The bank would also contemplate financing for technical assistance to complete preparatory studies and attract reputable private investors to develop Pakistan's coal resources and associated power generation facilities at Thar, the message said. In addition Investment support to import electricity from Central Asia under the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM) agenda would also be considered by WB. The message said that investment support for medium-sized hydropower and multiple-use water resource management projects which can be developed quickly, leveraging private financing to the extent possible. Specific projects to be considered include, Fourth Extension of Tarbela Power Plant (adding 960 MW), an expert study for desilting of Tarbela dam, Suki Kinari (840 MW), Munda multi-purpose (740,000 acres of irrigation water and 700 MW) and Kurram Tangi (irrigating 150,000 acres of arid land and 84 MW of power generation). The delegation members included Ismail Qureshi, Secretary Water and Power, Shakil Durrani, Chairman, WAPDA, Asad Ali Shah, Member, Thar Coal and Energy Board, Aslam Sanjrani, MD, Thar Coal and Energy Board, Fayyaz Elahi, MD, PPIB, and Abdul Wajid Rana, Economic Minister, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington, D.C. The delegation informed the Bank of its strategy and measures already taken to restore macro-economic stability, with particular reference to the financial situation of the power sector. The delegation shared with the Bank the other areas that government was seeking to improve, such as the fuel policy for the power sector.