Uch Power Plant

Coordinates: 28°34′58″N 68°10′42″E / 28.58278°N 68.17833°E / 28.58278; 68.17833
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Uch Power Plant I & II
LocationDera Murad Jamali
Coordinates28°34′58″N 68°10′42″E / 28.58278°N 68.17833°E / 28.58278; 68.17833
StatusUch-I operational since 2000, Uch-II operational since April 2014[1]
Construction began1996
Commission date2000
Owner(s)GDF SUEZ
Thermal power station
Primary fuelNatural gas
Secondary fuelFuel Oil
Combined cycle?Yes
Power generation
Make and modelGE
Nameplate capacityUch-I 596 MW, Uch-II 404 MW
External links

Uch Power Plant is a combined cycle power plant, located in Dera Murad Jamali, Nasirabad District, Baluchistan, Pakistan. It has three GE frame 9E gas turbines, three Deltak HRSGs and one GE steam turbine which can generate an output of 560 MW.[2] It is regarded as the best power plant in the region with an availability of 97% and above. Uch-I Power started its commercial operation in 2000. The plant is certified for compliance with ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001.

The plant is owned by French energy giant ENGIE.

Uch-II Power Plant[edit]

The recently completed gas thermal power generation project is to develop a 404 MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant Uch II as an expansion to the existing 596 MW Uch Power Station (“Uch I”) owned and operated by Uch Power (Private) Limited (“UPL”) in Balochistan Province, Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Uch II power plant in Dera Murad Jamali, Balochistan.[1][3]

Uch II is designed to use the supply of indigenous gas in the Uch Gas Field (“UGF”). Uch I is also using the gas from UGF. The Project will be structured as a standalone Independent Power Plant and will be built on the site of Uch I, using the available vacant land within the Uch I property that was already acquired and fenced and will use some of the existing physical and management infrastructure. In addition to the infrastructure, the Project will benefit from synergies with the existing plant in the form of a shared management team as well as common utilization of O&M resources and administrative staff. Similar to the operating 586 MW Uch I plant, the Project is expected to be one of the lowest cost producers of power in the country. The Project will be established under a separate project company called Uch-II Power (Private) Limited (the “Company”). The company will be 100% owned by International Power Plc., which is headquartered in London and is one of the world's leading independent power generation companies with over 32,000 MW capacity worldwide. The total project cost is estimated at $500 million, and the proposed IFC investment is an A-loan for IFC's International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) own account of up to $100 million.[4]

The Uch Project site is located about 600 km north of Karachi and 42 km in the north west of Jacobabad, in the Dera Murad Jamali sub-district of Balochistan Province. Uch I is located within a boundary wall covering an area of about 260 hectares of land and using about 30% of the total area. Uch II will require about 83.5 hectares of the existing land including a residential colony.

The transmission line to evacuate power from Uch II will be developed by a separate entity called National Transmission and Dispatch Company (“NTDC”), a sub-division of WAPDA which is government owned. Based on the available information, NTDC is considering to develop (i) a 220 kV transmission line of about 125 km from Uch II to Sibi, (ii) a 220 kV transmission line of about 0.5 km for looping in and out of the existing Uch I Power Plant – Shikarpur New 220 kV S/C transmission line at Uch II Power Plant, and (iii) reconductoring of 220 kV line section, about 1 km long between Uch I Power Plant and Uch II power Plant from single rail to twin bundled rail conductor.

Gas will be supplied from Uch Gas Field about 47 km from Uch II site using an existing gas pipeline. For Uch I, UGF has existing dedicated 15 wells. For Uch II, additional 15 new gas wells will be developed by OGDCL (Oil and Gas Development Company Limited) to supply gas from UGF.

Details of the water supply arrangement for Uch II are still to be finalized. The current plan is to receive water from the nearby Pat Feeder Canal using an existing water extraction permit by a new 3 km underground water pipe to be constructed within the existing 100 m right of way and additional pumping station.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Nawaz launches Uch-II power project Dawn (newspaper)
  2. ^ "Uch Power Project". Applied Control Systems.
  3. ^ Pakistan Press International (PPI) (6 April 2012). "International Power acquires stake in Uch Power Limited". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b Josef A. Skoldeberg (25 April 2014). "IFC-Funded Power Plant Starts Operations, Expected to Shrink Pakistan's Energy Shortage". International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) website. Retrieved 24 February 2020.