Pakistan's Thar Desert Coal Deposits

The Thar Desert could hold the key to Pakistan's energy requirements, with 175 billion metric tons of coal reserves, enough to fulfill the country's power needs for the next century if the government can get itself lined out. However, political instability, indecision, corruption, terrorism and security problems have kept exploration and production at a standstill both in Thar and Balochistan. Current power generation from the Thar reserves is less than 0.5 percent of the potential capacity of the deep and rich reserves, which are spread over 9,600 sq km with the potential to generate 100,000 MW a year.

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