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Curtin energy research has humanitarian potential

Media release

Technology being developed by Curtin University could make a substantial contribution to Andrew Forrest’s goal of ending slavery in Pakistan.

Mr Forrest, Founder of Fortescue Metals Group, and Shabaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of the Punjab province in Pakistan, have entered into an innovative partnership which aims to eradicate slavery in the Punjab and secure its energy independence.

Curtin University is now working with Mr Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation to plan feasibility studies into ways to enhance energy security in the Punjab region.

Curtin’s Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling said the University was delighted its expertise in energy research could potentially have far-reaching humanitarian and nation-building impacts.

“We commend Andrew Forrest and his Walk Free Foundation for their humanitarian work, and for their commitment to eliminating slavery in Pakistan,” Professor Stirling said.

“The work of the world-class researchers at Curtin’s Fuels and Energy Technology Institute, led by Professor Chun-Zhu Li, has the potential to transform the economies of developing nations through increasing energy security.

“Curtin University looks forward to exploring ways in which we can work with Mr Forrest and his team to benefit the people of Pakistan.”