Earth Day and Possible Collaboration Between Austria and Pakistan for Punjab Energy Projects

On February 25, 2017, Dr Brigitta Blaha, an Ambassador of Austria, discussed with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday the topic of cooperation in hydropower projects, and in particular some hydro projects and electricity production from solid waste. These two works noted appeal not only to the Punjab economy for new jobs available but also in a big nod to upcoming global Earth Day which takes place April 22, 2017.

Dr Brigitta Blaha invited the chief minister Shehbaz to visit Austria. She complimented the Punjab Chief Minister for his moves taken that increase women’s rights and abilities to more fully participate in many walks of life.

The discussion comes at a time when increased trade and economic ties between Pakistan and Austria can increase national stability. Already thousands of megawatt energy projects taking place. Old factories are being refurbished. New ones are being created in the Punjab area to make electricity from coal, gas, solar and more. The first turbine of Bhikki Gas Power Plant near Sheikhupura is set to begin producing electricity by some time in March.

Austria is not the only nation of leaders who have called on the Punjab Chief Minister to work together. The Executive Director of the German company Lahmeyer International, Bernd Metzger, also discussed with Shehbaz Sharif projects such as new cooperation in the energy sector between the corporation and the Punjab area. The Executive Director Hydro Power and Water Resources Division of Lahmeyer International, Bernhard Stabel, Secretary Energy was also on hand. During the discussion, the Germans were impressed with Shehbaz’s expert ability to speak German.

Shehbaz Sharif placed emphasis on the goal of transparency in all energy projects. He shared that load-shedding would stop by end of 2017 as a result of the electricity projects discussed. Great progress is under way on the 3600 Punjab megawatt gas power projects as he spoke and at least 17000 Punjab schools in Punjab are set to convert to solar energy.

New jobs available, effective reuse of solid waste and solar, and increased cooperation with European corporations and governments are some of the many benefits of these talks. Will these plans actually result in real accomplishments promised? What is needed to make these plans actually execute?

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