LAHORE: A Chinese delegation, during a meeting with Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) has expressed keen interest in having joint ventures with Pakistan in energy sector.
The delegation headed by Ms Zhou Jing Deputy Secretary, Huaiyin District Committee, communist party of China, Jinan also included Li Cheng chairman, China Council of International Trade, Li Qun from Foreign and Overseas Affairs of Jinan Municipal People’s Government and a number of the Chinese government officials.
PCJCCI SVP Prof Dr Iqbal Qureshi and Secretary General Slahuddin Hanif welcomed the delegation. Dr Iqbal resented a Turkish report according to which the vast resources of Hot Springs in Pakistan especially in KP, Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan and Kashmir can be used for generating 10,000 MW Hydel Power and in the treatment of skin and joint diseases. Iqbal apprised the members that hot springs reservoirs can be used as a centralized system of house air-conditioning coupled with developing recreational/ medication in those parts of Pakistan.
Endorsing this unique idea Zhou Jing pledged to disseminate this information among all concerned in China to make this idea a success. She was quite optimistic that some Chinese company will be ready to set up specially designed turbines to initiate pilot projects of 5 to 10 MW hydel power which, if successful, will be emulated for further major power generation units.