Skills for Bio-gas Plants
In order to support the rural communities of Punjab with the availability of low cost energy sources, PSDF (Punjab Skills Development Fund) has launched its new scheme Skills for Biogas Plants. Contracts of amounting PkR 16.8 million were awarded to 5 training service providers. Under the scheme 3500 individuals from the 14 target districts of Punjab – Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Narowal, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Rahimyar Khan, Vehari and Khanewal are to be trained as Biogas Plant Supervisors and Plant Technicians. The scheme is a contribution towards the initiative of Government of the Punjab, under which Biogas plants are being installed to operate 100,000 tubewells across the province. In order to develop relevant skill base for the installation and maintenance of Biogas plants, Punjab Skills Development Fund has been engaged by Agriculture Department to fund the trainings of Biogas Plant Supervisors and Plant Technicians. PSDF has scrupulously structured curriculum for the courses with the coordination of GIZ Pakistan, TEVTA and University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The Fund has also engaged renewable energy expert from Nepal to organize a 10 days TOT (Training of the Trainers) session in order to equip the instructors with necessary skills to impart the trainings. TOT session was organized in collaboration with GIZ TVET Reform Support Program.
The scheme has the objective of promoting standardized and structured trainings of biogas plant supervisors and technicians. It will contribute towards reduced deployment of conventional energy sources and would improve the living standards in the rural settings. At present, 0.835 million tubewells are being operated on high speed diesel; 70% of these tubewells are owned by small farmers who are comprised of 85% of the farmers’ population. It has been estimated that each tubewell (16HP) that will be operated on biogas will save more than 2000 liters of high speed diesel annually which would cause each small farmer to save up to 2 lakh per year.