PPIB, ANC sign memorandam for constructing coal-fired plants in Gadani

Published: March 5, 2014
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PPIB MD NA Zuberi signs the MoU with Vice Chairman and CEO of ANC Faris Tayeb Abdul Rahim Al-Baker while the Prime Minister and minister for water and power watches. PHOTO: PID

PPIB MD NA Zuberi signs the MoU with Vice Chairman and CEO of ANC Faris Tayeb Abdul Rahim Al-Baker while the Prime Minister and minister for water and power watches. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and the Arab National Construction (ANC) holding LLC Dubai signed an MoU on Wednesday for the construction of two coal fired power plants of 660 mega watts each (1,320 MW combined) in Gadani.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by prime minister Nawaz Shareef himself.

Signed MoU also extends to the construction of a jetty in the Pakistan Power Park at Gadani. The project is expected to bring in almost $2.5 billion investment in Pakistan and will be completed in three years.

The memorandum was signed by Vice Chairman and CEO of ANC Faris Tayeb Abdul Rahim Al-Baker and Ministry of Water & Power & Arab National Construction PPIB NA MD Zuberi with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and ANC Chairman Tayeb Abdul Rahim Ahmed Al-Baker in attendance. Minister for Water and Power Khawja Muhammad Asif, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Secretary Water and Power Saifuallah Chatta, and other officials were also present at the ceremony.

Earlier, the ANC delegation led by its chairman Tayeb Abdul Rahim Ahmed Al-Baker called on the prime minister at the PM House.

Nawaz appreciated the investment by ANC in Pakistan and said that it will help the country overcome energy shortages.

The premier said that his government has prioritised the energy sector as priority and have planned 10 coal fired projects of 660 MW each in the Pakistan Power Park. Of these projects, six will be built by the Chinese, two will be constructed by ANC Dubai and one project has been initiated by the government.

In addition to the Power Park, Pakistan is seeking investment for a number of short and long term power projects including two 660 MW coal-fired power plants at Port Qasim, 12 coal based 660MW power plants at Sahiwal and five other locations in Punjab Province. The government also intends to start coal mining in Thar and set up mine-mouth power plants in Sindh Province. Not to be left behind the government is also looking to set up a 1,000MW solar power park in Punjab, a 1,420 MW hydel power house at tunnel IV of the Tarbela Dam and a 1,310MW hydel power house at tunnel V of the Tarbela Dam.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • incognito
    Mar 5, 2014 - 11:05PM

    I guess all those from our side must have added mega bucks to their burgeoning coffers!Recommend

  • sall90
    Mar 5, 2014 - 11:37PM

    Next news will be that it is cancelled.

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  • uet
    Mar 5, 2014 - 11:40PM

    I must say PMLN Guys are putting their heart into energy issue, wish them well.

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  • unbelievable
    Mar 6, 2014 - 12:19AM

    Positive step if it comes to fruition but we’ve seen pictures of Sharif at “ground breaking” ceremonies like the Thar Coal project which were nothing but PR photo ops. Time to actually sign a concrete deal that has financing and definitive construction schedule. BTW where are you going to get the coal to run these ten coal fired facilities? – Thar coal is only good for mine mouth plant so your going to have to import coal and that takes cash/credit and both are in short supply.

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  • Concerned
    Mar 6, 2014 - 12:34AM

    I am wondering if even 50% of these project see the light of day then how much progress we will made.

    May ALLAH bless all those who are working for the right cause!

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  • Musa
    Mar 6, 2014 - 5:14AM

    it takes less cash to import coal than it does to import furnace oil and diesel to run power plants and generators. so in essence this would essentially cut our energy import by around half. Also not true about being good for mine mouth plants.
    its a step in the right direction fixing our power generation fuel mix.

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