200MW Wind Energy Projects (CPEC Early Harvest) in Sindh to Become Operational This Year

BE2C2 Report, ISLAMABAD: At least three wind power (Early Harvest) projects under $56 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with installed capacity of 200 Megawatt would start commercial operation this year, with one expected to be completed as early as a month from now.

The sources in Planning Ministry suggested that the 50 MW Hydro China and Dawood JV Wind Power project is expected to be completed by next month whereas UEP Wind Power IPP project with installed capacity of 100 MW is likely to be completed by September this year.

The Dawood Wind project is being developed on 1,720 acres of tidal flats near the city of Bhambhore (Gharo) in Sindh province– approximately 80 kilometers east of Karachi. It consist of 33 wind turbines, each capable of generating 1.5 MW of electricity. Total estimated cost for the green energy project is approx $115 million, an expert said to BE2C2.

The UEP Wind Power project is being constructed in Jhimpir, Sindh, at an estimated cost of $250 million. China (EPC) Gold Wind China (Supplier) / United Energy Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd are installing it as Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Similarly, the Commercial Operation Date of the 50 MW Sachal Energy Development Wind Project is set as June.

The Three Gorges Wind Farm Pakistan project with installed capacity of 100 MW however is likely to be completed by September next year.

The financial closing of the project is expected to be done next month.

Typically, a wind project can take anywhere from 14 to 18 months to be operational once the financial closing has been done, an expert said.

Three more wind power projects of 100 MW each had already been completed and they are producing green energy, the government sources said.

Additionally, seven wind power projects of gross 378 MW are under construction, and four wind projects of 208 MW gross capacityby FFC, Zorlu, Three Gorges and M/s Sapphire are said to be operational in Sindh.

TGL and Hydro China Dawood Power projects each of 50 MW capacity are under construction, while two wind power projects of gross capacity 100 MW both by Foundation Wind Energy are operational and providing energy to National Grid.

Providing the detail regarding tariff structure of the projects, the sources said that per unit rate of UEP Wind Power was fixed at US cents 13.524, while that of Hydro China Dawood Power is also fixed at US cents 13.524.

Similarly, the tariff of Sachal Energy Development is fixed at US 14.86 cents per unit while the Three Gorges Wind Farm Pakistan’s rate was set at US cents 10.448 per unit.

Wind power generation capacity of the country is projected to increase to 1,530MW within a year and a half as 22+ windmill projects are in the pipeline – mostly in Sindh whose coastal belt along the Arabian Sea, has an extremely favorable wind corridor specially in its rural part — Jhimpir and Gharo belt has potential to produce green energy anywhere from 10,000MW to 15,000MW, the expert said.

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