An agreement has been signed for the installation of 150 megawatt (MW) wind project in Jhimpir, Sindh. The agreement was inked between representatives of Tricon Boston Consulting Private Limited (TBCPL) – a special purpose vehicle set up by Sapphire Textile Mills Limited – and General Electric (GE).
A statement issued by General Electric says that this will be the largest wind project in the Jhimpir corridor.
Under the agreement, GE will provide 87 wind turbines to the engineering, procurement and construction contractor Power China for implementation in the Gharo-Keti Bandar Wind Corridor in Jhimpir. The company will also be providing 10 years of operations and maintenance services.
The statement says that GE’s advanced wind turbines are expected to provide a 30 percent increase in annual energy production compared to its previous model. This is because there has been an increase in blade swept area which allows for greater energy capture and improved project economics for wind developers and operators.
Sapphire Group is already developing a 50MW of wind power project in Gharo- Jhimpir wind corridor.
Sapphire Wind Power Company Limited CEO Nadeem Abdullah said, “We are setting up a huge wind project which will mitigate Pakistan’s energy crisis and benefit all sections of the society. Pakistan has tremendous potential for wind energy which is competitive with other generation technologies while having zero emissions.”
The clean energy project is expected to produce up to 150 MW, which could be used to supply power to more than 50,000 homes in Pakistan.
The U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has estimated that Pakistan has more 132 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy capacity.
Dr. Manar Al Moneef, CEO of Renewable Energy at GE Middle East, North Africa and Turkey said that his company was committed to supporting the Pakistani government in meeting its goal of providing reliable power to the people of Pakistan.
“Wind power generation is an affordable and environmental-friendly solution. It benefits from a short implementation cycle and delivers quick returns on the investment,” he added.
The project is aligned with the goal of the government under Vision 2025 to increase the percentage of indigenous sources of power generation to more than 50 percent.
“The demand for energy is increasing in Pakistan and is expected to grow in coming years. Wind energy is a clean and low cost renewable resource available in the country and its potential is yet to be fully explored,” said Sarim Sheikh, CEO of GE in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. “Wind power provides an opportunity to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel. As wind output is highest during summer, it provides the perfect complement to Pakistan’s energy needs when there is peak demand on the grid.”
GE Renewable Energy is one of the world’s leading wind turbine suppliers and has installed more than 30,000 wind turbines all over the word.