KARACI, Pakistan — A local government in the province of Sindh is planning to build a new water treatment plant to capture sea water for use in treating cancer patients.
According to an official statement issued by Sindh’s government, Sindh-based company Pansar Resources has developed a system of “nanophotonic” water treatment and will soon begin working on a plant that will be capable of capturing sea water, a technology that is expected to be commercially available by the middle of the year.
“It will be a treatment facility with a capacity of 1,500 cubic metres, where sea water can be captured,” said Pansas director General of Development and Planning Mohammad A. Zafar.
“The water can then be used for the treatment of the cancer patients.”
Pansar, which has invested $1.5 million in Sindh, said the project will be built in the town of Ghanj, about 35 kilometers (25 miles) south of Karachi.
Pansars is a subsidiary of Sindhi state oil company Sindbad, which produces more than 4,500 million barrels of oil and gas a year, according to Pansa’s website.
Pansars has said it has secured contracts worth $1 million to $2 million to build the plant.
The company said that it is currently developing the technology, and expects it to be ready for production by the end of the month.
“Pansakar has a history of working with state-owned companies to develop the development of technology for the purpose of extracting and storing natural resources.
The company has a proven track record in extracting natural resources from the sea,” Pansad Resources said in a statement.PANSAR has not disclosed its final cost or expected completion date, and said it was still working on the technology.
Sindh was the site of the world’s first industrial accident in 1975, when a tanker carrying about 1,000 tonnes of coal spilled oil into the sea.
The accident killed hundreds of people.
The plant is located on the outskirts of the town.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has warned that “pollution of the sea water is not a new phenomenon.”
The ministry added that the government has asked Pansaria to provide a safety plan for the facility, which includes “detailed environmental safety and health parameters.”
“If you go to Sindh you can’t just take a walk in the water and you can never predict what is going to happen,” said Zafars father, Muhammad Afridi, who lives in the area.
“This is a very important project, because we need to make sure Sindh residents are getting proper treatment.”