ISLAMABAD - Chairman Ansaldo Energia Giuseppe Zampini has said that his company is actively considering Pakistan as a priority market for establishment of small power projects, especially based on low BTU gas.

He expressed these views while talking to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi when he called on him Tuesday.

Zampini also expressed keen interest in expanding his company's operations in Pakistan in oil and gas, and water resource management sectors. Ansaldo Energia is a leading international player in power generation industry with operations spread around the world.

The company has long history of commercial presence in Pakistan, and opportunities offered by Pakistan's energy sector are immense.

The Prime Minister welcomed Chairman of Ansaldo Energia, and stated that government of Pakistan has embarked upon a major programme of capacity expansion in order to meet growing energy requirements. Smaller projects near grid stations are being conceived in order to overcome transmission challenges.

Government is also actively considering replacement of low-efficiency furnace oil based plants with high efficiency plants based on cheaper fuels. This opens up new avenues for companies like Ansaldo Energia to participate in the new projects under prevalent legal regime, the Prime Minister said.

Chairman Ansaldo Energia evinced his interest in the areas of partnership indicated by the Prime Minister, and informed that his company will deepen its interactions and consultations with interested partners.