Responding to a query regarding flaming gas from the coal reservoirs in Thar, Dr Mubarakmand was of the opinion that in order to produce electricity from coal a gas fund would be required to set up a power generation plant.
We have proved that gas could be produced from coal, but now we need [a] plant to generate power as we are left with no funds to do so, the scientist attested.
Over six channels have made documentaries over flaming gas from coal wells and tens of thousands of people would have seen them. Those who are opposing this project are actually not harming me but damaging Pakistan. If the Thar Coal Project was started a couple of years back then today Pakistan would have been self-sufficient to export oil to generate power.
Earlier, there were news that the 100 MW Thar coal power project based on gasification may be shelved as the government may not extend more funds for the project after the technical audit report completed by experts headed by Gen (Retd) Shahid Niaz, member monitoring in the Planning Commission.
The audit report which sources in Planning Commission disclosed, has been submitted with the Planning Commission mentioned that there was no flame coming out of the Thar coal Bloc-5 where Dr Samar Mubarakmand was given the assignment to initiate the a power house based on gasification as a pilot project.
Much has been created against Thar Coal project that its future seems in doldrums.
Dr Samar said replying on Planning Commission report said that “I was given the task to install 100 MW project based on Thar coal gasification. In its first phase the project was allocated $ 11 million under which the gas was to be generated from Thar coal under the ground. We dug out 38 gas wells there and we fired underground one well and from other well we started receiving the gas which was shown by almost all the electronic media. And soon we are going to again fire the 6 well in underground to generate the gas to show the masses that our claims are correct.”
Dr Samar said that oil lobby had become active to bulldoze this project as some high-ranking officials at the Planning Commission were working as stooge at the hands of powerful oil mafia.