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FM Mottaki: Iran will help Pakistan to resolve energy crisis


FM Mottaki: Iran will help Pakistan to resolve energy crisis

While Iran has refused to accept the Bharati Foreign Minsiter and has all but canceled the Bharati Prime Minister’s trip to Tehran, almost the entire leadership of the government of Iran showed up to celebrate “Pakistan Day” at the Pakistani Embassy in Tehran. The leadership is ready able and willing to sell electricity to Pakistan.

  • The Iranian Foreign Minister also assured the Pakistani ambassador that Iran would like to find out some quick solutions to resolve the crisis in the energy sector of Pakistan.
  • Iran is also planning to send high powered energy delegation to Pakistan, he said.
  • Foreign Minister Mottaki met Ambassador Abbasi and offered felicitations to the government and people of Pakistan and said that Iran and Pakistan enjoy prosperous mutual relations.
  • He said the two countries’ leaders are trying to make use of all the existing opportunities to further promote cooperation in all areas of mutual interests. He expressed his satisfaction over the finalization agreement of the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline.

TEHRAN — Pakistan Day Reception was held at the residence of Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran on Wednesday. Attending the event, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran will help Pakistan to resolve the energy crisis.

Pakistan commemorates its National Day on March 23 every year in remembrance of “The Pakistan Resolution” passed on March 23, 1940, in the historic city of Lahore, but as the event coincided with Noruz holidays in Iran, the Pakistan National Day reception was held on April 14.

The reception was attended by Iranian Vice-President and Head of the Cultural Heritage Organization Hamid Baghaee, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, members of the Iranian Majlis, senior Iranian officials, scholars, journalists, diplomats based in Tehran and a large number of Pakistani community.

Foreign Minister Mottaki met Ambassador Abbasi and offered felicitations to the government and people of Pakistan and said that Iran and Pakistan enjoy prosperous mutual relations. He said the two countries’ leaders are trying to make use of all the existing opportunities to further promote cooperation in all areas of mutual interests. He expressed his satisfaction over the finalization agreement of the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also assured the Pakistani ambassador that Iran would like to find out some quick solutions to resolve the crisis in the energy sector of Pakistan. Iran is also planning to send high powered energy delegation to Pakistan, he said.

Ambassador Abbasi voiced Islamabad’s readiness to materialize the IP gas pipeline agreement adding that a group of Pakistani experts would come to Tehran next week to finalize details of the agreement. Abbasi also briefed Foreign Minister Mottaki about the upcoming meeting of Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. He added that the meeting will play a major role in settlement of regional problems. Commenting on Pakistan-Iran ties, he said nothing can damage these historical and amicable relations. He also expressed his satisfaction over the bilateral trade spike.

Pakistani ambassador and the Iranian Foreign Minister expressed their happiness over the release of Heshmatollah Attarzadeh, an Iranian diplomat abducted in Pakistan in 2008. The wife of Attarzadeh also attended the Pakistan Day Reception.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Reception, Ambassador Abbasi underscored the significance of Pakistan-Iran relations adding that Pakistan is interested in enhancing its relations with Iran in all fields. Mottaki: Iran will help Pakistan to resolve energy crisis. Tehran Times Political Desk

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  1. Energy Technologist
    May 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    There have been alot of talk. From hydro to wind to wave. The problem with pakistan is that, none of these options are going to work. Pakistan is a small country compared to its population. hydro dams aside from being expensive in an effectively bankrupt country, drown large amounts of precious land, so Pakistan can not meet all of its energy needs by hydro generation. wind, solar and wave technologies are not proven and are expensive toys which hardly contribute a few percentage of power demands in the most rich and technologically superior countries so Pakistan should not gamble on these toys and spend its precious money on them. Coal power plants are a very attractive option, since pakistan has coal reserves to provide its energy needs for several dozen years, but they are dirty and generally any kind of power plants are not cheap. A 1,000 MW plant costs upwards of a billion euroes, and that is only the price of the plant and does not include a billion dollar more needed to develop a large enough mine to feed coal for the plant. Nuclear plants cost several times more and can cost upto 10 billion dollars for a 1,200 MWh. Pakistan does not have the technology to make nuclear power plant and currently no other country also wants to sell nuclear plants to Pakistan due to terrorism problem. Pakistan as of now is short by 6,000 MW and as the population grows and people’s expectations shoot up and half of Pakistan that is right now not connected to electric grid, become connected, You can imagine how many plants Pakistan has to make. Also it takes anywhere between 4 years for a small coal plant to 12 years for a large dam or nuclear plant to be built.

    Right now facilities like airconditioners and computers are used by less than 10% of pakistan and most of the economy is based on ancient agricultural techniques. If pakistan is ever to become modern and industrialized then it needs, at least 1 Kilowatt hour capacity for every person. With a current estimated population of 180 million that comes to 180 thousand Megawatt hour capacity. Pakistan has now just 20 thousand. With growing population Pakistan would need more than 360 thousand MWh of energy by 2050, when Pakistan’s population hits 360 million.

    So what is the solution. Pakistan does not have money and technology to develop its own plants. Independent power producers and private generating units are also not a long term option as they are thieves selling the same electricity in Pakistan for up to 55 US cents per kilowatt hour as compared to 12 cents in Canada and United States, under the pretext of investment in a risky terrorist infested country. Only one option remains, which is fortunately for Pakistan is both very cheap and reliable as well as least time consuming. The option has only one glitch, and that is, it will accompany the wrath of USA. That option is Iran. Iran can provide Pakistan with almost unlimited amount of natural gas which is much cheaper than the prevailing LNG prices in the world. Also Iran has a very developed electricity generation system and has offered Pakistan to meet the entire Pakistani shortage of electricity by offering the subsidized rate of 11 cents per kilowatt hour. Iran has even offered to build the entire transmission lines to Pakistan entirely with its own money and expertise on a record time of 14 months. If Pakistan just says ok. there will be no load shedding by the next summer. It is a very brilliant option both economically as well as security wise. Economically Pakistan will get as much power as it needs comparatively cheaply, and can spend its little money on developing industries and other needed infra structure instead of building power plants. And since Pakistan is going to be dealing with a government that is the brotherly government of Iran, Pakistan will no more need to play a slave to IPP’s. These kind of arrangements are immensely successful and promote peace and prosperity, for example almost all of the countries in continental Europe buy their power from France and Germany. But alas our leaders are too afraid of US. They have not learnt anything from Turkey which is in a similar situation to Pakistan being an American client. But Turkey despite being a client has defined its red lines with USA regarding its national security. So Turkey buys both gas and electricity from Iran, and Americans understand that Turkish people will not listen to them in these regards unless USA could satisfy their energy needs instead of Iran. But since USA can not even satisfy its own energy needs and has to import energy itself then Turks buy cheap energy from Iran. Pakistan could do the same if it had the guts to tell Americans that either they should meet the national energy needs by the next summer or that Iranians will be invited to take care of our problem. It is a choice Pakistan has to make today and not tomorrow. Iran is pakistan’s only option. And pakistan is lucky that its only option is in the lap of a brotherly country which is not only trustworhty but also eagerly willing to help out. Pakistan should not die of energy starvation while its brother is willing to feed it.

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