Karachi: United States’ Senior Advisor for Pakistan, Robin L. Raphel along with the US Consul General in Karachi, Michael Dodman and other members of the US diplomatic team, met the KESC’s leadership team at its Head Office on Friday.
KESC’s CEO, Tabish Gauhar, thanked Ms. Raphel for her office’s keen interest in KESC’s matters. He also briefed the US delegation on the progress that KESC, under the present management team, has made during the last three and a half years. The delegation was informed that the team has managed to invest an unprecedented amount of one billion US dollars in various development projects including 1000 MWs of new generation capacity, significant enhancement in the transmission and distribution infrastructures and many other projects of strategic importance. He further outlined how these initiatives have significantly improved the end user service.
The delegation was also informed that over the last few years KESC has established strong commercial ties with firms of US origin and the value of these relationships has been in excess of USD 860 million with the potential to grow significantly in future. The visitors were also informed of many large scale infrastructure projects, such as coal conversion, new coal fired power projects, LNG import and biogas power plant, that KESC is pursuing in line with its long-term vision.
Ms. Raphel showed a deep understanding of the present energy situation in Pakistan and informed the KESC team that the US government is very keen to help Pakistan in resolving the prevalent energy crisis. She also assured KESC of her full cooperation and stressed the need for an ongoing dialogue as a means to foster future collaborations.