Karachi: Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has expedited its efforts to generate fuel through exploiting natural available resources in the country, as it found a unique way to extract diesel from the seed of Jathropa Curcas plant.
PSO is moving forward with its plans for introducing Jathropa cultivation on a commercial level to set up a pilot project at Uthal, Balochistan as a first step towards mass-cultivation.
Through this plantation the company’s New Business Development department had previously established an agricultural estate at Pipri Marshalling Yard (PMY) to conduct a feasibility study regarding the cultivation of the Jathropa Curcas plant and extraction of bio-diesel from the seeds of the same.
On successful completion of the plant life-cycle and extraction of bio-diesel, the company also carried out product testing by running company vehicles on this environment friendly fuel.
The initiative is another first in a long line of achievements for PSO aimed at producing a renewable fuel source that will help bridge the energy gap of the country and reduce our dependence on foreign fuel imports.
In this regard, PSO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Forest & Wildlife Department, Government of Balochistan for the establishment of a 5,000 acre bio-diesel agricultural estate located at Uthal, Balochistan.
Speaking at the occasion of MoU signing ceremony, Naeem Y. Mir, MD-PSO stated that the success of this project will provide multiple environmental and economical benefits for Balochistan and also provide career opportunities for the people of the province.
He also pledged that PSO will bring greenery to Balochistan and at the same time develop an alternate source of energy for the nation.
Ahmed Ali, Secretary – Forest and Wildlife Department (GoB) expressed the provincial government’s support for this plan.
The signatories on this occasion were Naeem Yayha Mir, MD & CEO-PSO and Ahmed Ali, Secretary- Forest & Wildlife Department, Government of Balochistan. Also present here were Azam Deputy Secretary – Forest and Wildlife (GoB), Navaid Alam Zuberi, Senior General Manager (Projects)-PSO and Nawaid Anjum Zaidi, Head of New Business Development-PSO