In quest of low cost alternate energy solutions for the country, World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF) in collaboration with Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has set up 10 biogas plants at localities near Keenjhar Lake in District Thatta, Sindh.
The project is aimed at providing alternate energy to local communities who lacked basic facilities for cooking. The biogas supply will help reduce pressure on the forest.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the project at Keenjhar Lake, WWF’s Director for Sindh and Balochistan Ali Dehlvi said the project would help reduce human dependency and pressure on the nature.
Internationally, some 200 locations were identified for protection of environment on preferential bases, of them Keenjhar ranked 40. WWF has been playing its role to protect the Mother Nature. The 50 year project, he said, was initiated in 2006 and would continue till 2056.
Shehbaz Aslam, head of corporate communications, SSGC, said that initially some 10 small size biogas plants were installed in two villages on experimental basis with 7 plants in Yousuf Hilayo Goth while three at Ramazan Gopang village. The biogas plants cost some Rs2.8 million with around Rs.150,000 for each plant. It took some six to eight months for completion, he added. The both organizations have intention to increase the number of plants in future,” he said
Every 2nd day, you have to put some 5kg animal dung and same quantity of water into the tank. It will produce gas automatically. Representatives of the villagers, requested the WWF and SSGC to expand their projects to other localities as well. They also urged to hire professionals for the cause to improve quality of the plants.