ISLAMABAD (APP): Member of the Science and Technology Planning Commission, Dr Samar Mubarakmand on Monday said that Pakistan has enough coal reserves that can provide electricity to the country for more than 30 years.

 Talking to a private news channel, he said that Thar coal power generation project has completed successfully and it would bring prosperity in the country.

 Dr Mubarak said, coal was burnt at about 250 feet underground on December 11, on December 19 scientist successfully found the gas at Islam kot area of Thar.  He further added that, This project can generate 10,000 megawatts electricity for 30 years and can produce 100 million barrel diesel per year.

 The Thar coal project will become operational in December 2013, he said.

 He said that the project is to cost Rs 8.898 billion with a foreign exchange component of Rs 5.847 billion that was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council last year.  Dr Mubarakmand said that the success of the Thar coal project will lead to investment from the leading international companies.

 With the completion of coal-fired power generation project, the nation would get cheap and sufficient power supply thus resolving the current pestering energy crisis, he added.

 Dr. Samar said it is for the first time in Pakistan that the coal gasification is being launched on commercial basis and abundant and cheap electricity will be available.

 He said the coal gasification was already producing 50000 MW around the world, as the cost of electricity per unit is relatively low.