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Wednesday, 9 January, 2002, 15:59 GMT
Pakistan looks to wind power
Electricity generation
Electricity is generated using wind power in many other countries
Pakistan is developing a wind power energy project, which could help solve some of the country's electricity supply problems.

Pakistan is to work with the Chinese government to install and maintain 14 small wind power plants to generate electricity in the southern coastal region of Sindh and Balochistan.

These two regions currently have no access to electricity and would be best suited to wind power.

"It is the supply issue that is a problem, particularly in the remote area. To supply electricity from the grid it is not even sometimes technically feasible, not to talk about economically feasible, to get back the revenues and for those areas definitely the renewable industry can play a part," Dr Ishtiaq Qazi, director general of the Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies in Islamabad told the BBC's World Business Report.

The project consists of eight 300 watt turbines and six 500 watt turbines.

"A 300 watt turbine would just barely be sufficient to run about two or three lines of black and white television and probably a radio, so this would be just for one household," he added.

"Up until now, what we have found that it is only the coastal belt...that is most feasible for such projects," he said.

"We are also working on other renewable industry projects," he said, citing hydro plants in mountainous areas and biogas plants.

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"It is the supply issue that is the problem"
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