Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, will supply a complete power island solution for construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant in Jhang, about 250 km south-west of Lahore.
The agreement for the purpose was signed between the Punjab Thermal Power Limited (PTPL), a provincial government owned company responsible for development and maintenance of power plants, and the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the project.
The power island solution for the Punjab Power Plant to be built in Jhang will comprise two SGT5-8000H gas turbines, an SST-5000 steam turbine, two heat recovery steam generators, and control systems. The cost of the equipment has been valued at around EUR 200 million.
Under the agreement, the German company will also be responsible for engineering, project management and associated site services.
The Punjab Power Plant will be the first in the country to use Siemens’ high-efficiency H-Class gas turbines. SGT-8000H is the company’s largest and most advanced gas turbine in commercial operation. Among its various features are low operating and lifecycle costs.
The company has sold more than 80 H-Class gas turbines worldwide, 47 of which are in commercial operation. The fleet of Siemens H-class gas turbines has achieved about 500,000 fired hours.
“We are very proud to have the chance to contribute towards efforts for enhancement of power generation capacity in Pakistan,” said Jean-Claude Nasr in a statement released on the occasion.
Nasr, the senior executive vice-president of Siemens Power Generation Division, Middle East and North Africa, added, “Our high-efficiency technology will be instrumental in meeting power needs within the timeframe set by the Pakistani government.”
Siemens Pakistan CEO Helmut von Struve said, “We are eager to continue supporting the country’s development programs including efforts for sustainable power generation and a more robust energy infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the population.”
The Punjab Power Plant is scheduled to be operational by December 2018. In the first stage, it will run only on LNG (simple cycle operation). By November 2019, the plant will be upgraded to the combined-cycle mode, enabling it to produce electricity from LNG as well as stream.
The power plant is expected to add 1.3 gigawatts of energy to the national grid.