Wind power in Pakistan
Pakistan is developing wind power plants in Jhimpir, Gharo, Keti Bandar and Bin Qasim in Sindh. The government of Pakistan decided to develop wind power energy sources due to problems supplying energy to the southern coastal regions of Sindh and Balochistan, the project was undertaken with assistance from the government of China Another area with potential is Swat which shows good wind conditions and whose traditional leader Swat (princely state) Miangul Adnan Aurangzeb works with investors interested in windpower investment there once local political conditions improve.
The Jhimpir Wind Power Plant is the first wind power plant in Pakistan. The wind farm is being developed in Jhimpir, by Zorlu Energy Pakistan the local subsidiary of a Turkish company. The total cost of project is $136 million. Completed in 2002, it has a total capacity of 50MW.
This wind Corridor has 50000 Mega Watt potential with average wind speed over 7 meter per second. Government of Pakistan has announced upfront tariff and ROI of 17 percent which is highest in the World. There are 14 projects in the pipeline out of which 50MW FFCEL project will achieve COD by mid December 2012.
Jhimpir Wind Energy Project (FFCEL)
Fauji Fertilizer Company Energy Limited, is building 49.5 MW wind Energy Farm at Jhimpir near Karachi. Contract of supply of mechanical design was awarded to Nordex and Descon Engineering Limited. Nordex a German wind turbine manufacturer. In the end of 2011 49.6 MW will be completed.Pakistani Govt. also has issued LOI of 100 MW Wind power plant to FFCEL. Pakistani Govt. has plans to achieve electric power up to 2500 MW by the end of 2015 from wind energy to bring down energy shortage.
Foundation Wind Energy I Limited and Foundation Wind Energy II (Private) Limited
Fauji Foundation is under process of achieving financial close for two wind projects (50MWs each) at Gharo, Thatta District. The EPC contractors are Nordex and Descon with Nordex as the lead contractor. Once the aforementioned projects reach financial close, these will have 15 months for being fully operational (i.e., despatch of energy under EPA).
- Pakistan looks to wind power – BBC News 9 January 2002
- Jhimpir Wind Power: Pakistan’s first wind farm gets global recognition, Published in "The Express Tribune" on 22 April 2012. Retrieved on 24 July 2012