The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) successfully test-fired the second gas turbine of its flagship 560 megawatt Bin Qasim Power Station-II power project on Saturday.
The plant requires a steady quota of 130 million cubic feet of gas per day, as earlier agreed and committed to KESC. Each of the three turbines will add approximately 115 MW to the KESC grid, which will cumulatively pool in 345 MW to KESC’s own generation capability.
The overall thermal efficiency of the station will be amongst the highest in the region for a project of this magnitude, according to a statement released by the company.
BQPS-II is one of the largest under construction private power plants in Pakistan. Turbo machinery for this plant has been procured from GE (France) and Harbin Power Engineering (China).
The project is based on a massive $450 million investment, which has been financed through multi-lateral funding.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2011.