Pakistan, China to build 350MW coal power plant in Karachi

Published: February 29, 2016
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Pakistan and China have signed a contract to build a coal-fired power plant near Bin Qasim port in Karachi.

According to Radio Pakistan, the work on the plant having a capacity of 350MW will start in July which will be completed in 31 months.

The agreement was signed between China’s state-owned Harbin Electric Corporation and Pakistan Siddiqsons Energy.

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Pakistan has so far used oil and gas to meet two-thirds of its electricity demand. However, time and again, the country was left at the mercy of price fluctuations in the international markets, especially as its own gas reserves depleted.

The country now aims to add 8,100 megawatts (MW) through coal to its system – as much as 40% of its existing generation capacity. The obvious reason for using coal is energy economics.

Electricity produced using coal is cheaper than both oil and gas. While use of alternatives, like wind, solar and hydel has also been encouraged, coal-based power plants remain most viable for investors and national grid.

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Last year, K-Electric Limited (KEL) entered into a binding tripartite deal, ‘Joint Development Agreement, with the China Datang Overseas Investment Company (CDTO) and China Machinery Company (CMEC), for the development of a 700-MW (2×350 MW) coal-fired power project at Port Qasim.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Feb 29, 2016 - 4:29PM

    May we see this it in our Lives.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:09PM

    The title should read “China to build coal power plant using Chinese labor, Pakistan to pay heavily for it”Recommend

  • ghazal
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:19PM

    what about nuclear plants , which were to be functional with effect from 2018.Recommend

  • AK Bob
    Mar 24, 2016 - 5:37PM

    Chinese contractors ? Recommend

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