HYDERABAD: A 49.5-megawatt windmill project in Jhimpir, Thatta, was inaugurated on Wednesday. The project was built by a Chinese company at a cost of $130 million.
Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Asif, while addressing the ceremony, said Three Gorges Company will soon start construction of two more wind farms of 50MW capacity each, in addition to its four hydel projects on Jhelum river. “The company has projects of 3,300MW under progress,” he added.
“These projects are manifestation of China’s commitment towards the development of Pakistan as well as the strong bond of friendship between the two countries,” said the minister.
Shah said that the Sindh government is taking necessary steps to facilitate the foreign companies. “They are also helping create jobs besides contributing to the energy needs of the country.”
The company’s chairman Lu Chin briefed that the project, comprising 80-metre long 33 turbines of 1.5 MW capacity each, was completed in a span of two years. A total of 1,150 acres of land was acquired. Chin informed that the construction work on the two new projects will begin by June and it will be completed in 18 months.
“Pakistan and China enjoy exemplary friendship. Our company is working day and night [to complete the projects] so that the energy woes in Pakistan could be ended at the earliest,” he said.
Abdul Hameed Noonari, company’s deputy general manager, told The Express Tribune that their commercial operation date (COD) started from November 25, 2014, when they began to contribute to the national grid.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2015.
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