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ALBA to build solid waste facility in Lahore

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Two memorandums of understandings (MoU) were signed between Punjab government and international group of Germany, ALBA, with regard to generating energy from solid waste.

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Under the agreements, the German company will invest in the projects of generating energy from garbage and hospital waste. The project will be executed speedily and will start producing 100 megawatt electricity in 2015.

Managing Director Lahore Solid Waste Management (LSWM) Company Waseem Ajmal on behalf of Punjab government while Chief Executive Officer Martin Becker Rethmann signed on behalf of German company. Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chairman Lahore Waste Management Company Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, and other members of German group attended the ceremony.

Mr. Shahbaz said the agreements between Punjab government and German group for generating energy from solid waste was a welcome step. He said German group had expertise in generating energy from solid waste and had made an agreement with LSWM for generating energy through garbage and hospital waste. He added under this agreement a 100 megawatt power plant will be installed in Lahore and the German group will make most of the investment in this power plant.

Mr. Shahbaz disclosed that ALBA group Berlin, Germany, was a prominent investor group which was working in various countries of the world. He said the German group had expertise in generating energy from solid waste. He added that disposal of hospital waste was a big challenge and generating energy through hospital waste would also help in disposing it properly.

Mr. Shahbaz said the agreements made with German group would be fully implemented and this project will be executed speedily. He said after Lahore, the launching of this project in other cities will also be considered.

Chief executive officer of ALBA group Martin Becker Rethmann said they feel pleasure to work with the Punjab government and added they would set up a plant of generating 100MW electricity from solid waste jointly with the Punjab government. The company inspected the site and the work on this project will be carried out speedily and it will start generating electricity from 2015.

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