Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a coal power plant in Sahiwal on May 25th, 2017. The first unit of the Sahiwal Power Project will add 660 megawatts (MW) to the national grid and help in decreasing the energy deficit in the country.
Located 15 kilometers to the northeast of Sahiwal, the power plant had gone into construction phase in February 2015. It is Pakistan’s first power plant that is based on supercritical coal combustion boiler technology and consists of two units with the capacity to produce 660 MW each.
Wang Wenzong, Vice President of the Chinese Huaneng Group, has said that the 660 MW second unit of the plant will also start generating power shortly.
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The Sahiwal coal power plant was one of the first projects developed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The plant was built by a joint consortium of China’s state-owned Huaneng Shandong and the Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Group. It was constructed on a build-operate-transfer basis. The facility will operate as an Independent Power Producer and its ownership will transfer to the Government of Punjab after 30 years of operation.
The power plant will run on imported coal transported to the site by rail. It will produce electricity at a tariff of Rs.8.5 /kWh.
Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, has previously felicitated the Chinese delegation of the Huaneng Group on completion of the project ahead of its given time-frame. He said that the completion of the project in such a short time period is a historic achievement.
The second phase of the project will involve building two more 1000 MW plants.