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Opposition protest halts wind energy projects

ISLAMABAD: The opposition’s call to boycott products from Denmark over the publication of offensive cartoons and the government’s protest have halted wind projects in Pakistan engineered by the Alternate Energy Development Board.

Brig Nasim Khan, secretary and member technical AEDB, says micro wind turbines, which would be installed for renewable rural electrification in the country, were imported from Denmark and other EU countries.

These turbines were being used for 100 MW of electricity generation through wind power by June 2006 at Gharo-Keti Bandar in Sindh province.

The earlier deadline of the project completion was December 2005 but was revised by the government and fixed for June 2006.

The project usually takes 18 months for completion but since September, 2005 there is slow progress owing to the situation emerging from the publication of the cartoons. He expressed his apprehension that the project would not meet the revised deadline either.

The government had created the AEDB on May 12, 2003 to ensure expeditious development of alternative energy technologies in the country. Khan says the main objective of the board is to facilitate, promote and encourage development of renewable energy technologies with a mission to introduce alternative energy at an accelerated rate to achieve 10 per cent share in the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Brig Nasim Khan, secretary and member technical AEDB, says micro wind turbines, which would be installed for renewable rural electrification in the country, were imported from Denmark and other EU countries.
 
These turbines were being used for 100 MW of electricity generation through wind power by June 2006 at Gharo-Keti Bandar in Sindh province.
 
The earlier deadline of the project completion was December 2005 but was revised by the government and fixed for June 2006.
 
The project usually takes 18 months for completion but since September, 2005 there is slow progress owing to the situation emerging from the publication of the cartoons. He expressed his apprehension that the project would not meet the revised deadline either.
 
The government had created the AEDB on May 12, 2003 to ensure expeditious development of alternative energy technologies in the country. Khan says the main objective of the board is to facilitate, promote and encourage development of renewable energy technologies with a mission to introduce alternative energy at an accelerated rate to achieve 10 per cent share in the national energy mix.
 
The AEDB has identified the potential growth of energy by using alternative energy in different sectors. Pakistan has the capacity to generate 50,000 MW through wind.



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MAR 15 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/1700-opposition-protest-halts-wind-energy-projects
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