Accord signed: Fauji Foundation invests $251m in wind power

Published: December 19, 2012
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Debt financing, which is 75% of the project cost, is Shariah-complaint and is the first of its kind in Pakistan.. PHOTO: FILE

Debt financing, which is 75% of the project cost, is Shariah-complaint and is the first of its kind in Pakistan.. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Subsidiaries of Fauji Foundation – Foundation Wind Energy-I Limited and Foundation Wind Energy-II Limited – are making an investment of $251 million in setting up two wind power projects of 50 megawatts each in Gharo, Sindh.

In this connection, the two companies and the government signed an implementation agreement here on Tuesday. The accord was inked by Brigadier (Retired) Dr Gulfam Alam, Project Director of the two projects and Arif Alauddin, Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), on behalf of the government.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director of the two companies, Lieutenant General (retd) Muhammad Mustafa Khan said the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and a syndicate of local banks were providing most of the finance for the wind farms.

Debt financing, which is 75% of the project cost, is Shariah-complaint and is the first of its kind in Pakistan. The remaining 25% of the cost is being financed via equity investment, arranged by the Fauji Foundation group, CapAsia Singapore and Tapal Group Karachi.

ADB and IDB will provide $124 million and the consortium of local banks will arrange $63 million.

Arif Alauddin

Khan said he was targeting to enter into an energy purchase agreement for the two projects this month and achieve financial close immediately after that. Both projects are expected to start commercial production in the second quarter of 2014.

Fauji Fertiliser Company Wind Energy Limited (FFCEL) has already established a 50MW wind power plant, which would start operation this month.

AEDB CEO Arif Alauddin commented that the two wind projects of Fauji Foundation subsidiaries were trendsetters in many ways and opening doors to investment in the Gharo Keti Bandar wind corridor.

He said 45 wind power projects of around 3,200MW were under process, adding the Sindh government had leased around 26,000 acres of land to AEDB for 18 projects with a cumulative capacity of 906 megawatts, which were at different stages of development.

Of these, projects having combined capacity of 106MW are ready for commencement of operation and projects producing a further 100MW will achieve financial close shortly.

“Wind projects being installed by Fauji Foundation will cost less than Rs10 per unit,” he said, adding wind and solar projects would have their impact on the energy mix and reduce circular debt.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Awais Qureshi
    Dec 19, 2012 - 2:38AM

    Keep it up Fauji Foundation

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  • Dipak
    Dec 19, 2012 - 7:33AM

    With tremendous natural resources, Pakistan can generate over 60,000 MW of additional electricity. The hydroelectric, solar and wind power is the real future for Pakistan if properly developed. Good luck.

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  • Alaa Qiadat
    Dec 19, 2012 - 12:20PM

    Look at the names of Project directors. All ex army men. War you cant fight properly and claim to head alternate energy projects? Allah reham on our institutions!

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  • Dec 19, 2012 - 1:34PM

    Good going indeed…

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  • Ich Dien
    Dec 19, 2012 - 2:02PM

    @Alaa Qiadat:

    I think you didnt bother reading the name of the company FAUJI ….. Who do you think should head such projects? Technical guys (do we have many with experience of alternate energy in Pakistan?), Finance Guys (i am sure they wont have any idea of engineering) or Business Guys ?? End of the day the directors are only there to ensure the safety of their equity and that business does go on. So what not ex army men? specially when project is being undertaken by Fauji Foundation?

    Regarding our institution which one do you think is being headed by a person with the appropriate level of competence ???

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  • Lobster
    Dec 19, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Faujaan hi Faujaan, Mojaan hi Mojaan!!

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  • uk muslim
    Dec 19, 2012 - 5:59PM

    @Ich Dien
    yes, same as FAUJI cereals. directors are only there to protect their assets. gm is retired brigadier sultan khalid mahmud, dy.gm is retired lt col shuja muhammad. 80% employees are retired army personnels including TECHNICAL, FINANCE and BUSINESS guys.

    in pakistan, only FAUJIS know everything. they are the expert of everything.

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