Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park: Solar energy’s 100MW to arrive in April

Published: March 27, 2015
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The Punjab government announced the establishment of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park over an area of 5,000 acres in the Cholistan Development Authority in Bahawalpur. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Punjab government announced the establishment of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park over an area of 5,000 acres in the Cholistan Development Authority in Bahawalpur. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: The production of 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity from solar resources will be available for consumers in April.

Earlier, the chief minister of Punjab announced the 100MW generation from indigenous resources would be added to the grid till the end of December 2014.

Scheduled for the first quarter of 2014, the project, at a total cost of $131 million, will see got delayed due to a Chinese firm failing to fulfil criteria during the due-diligence process carried out by the Punjab government, an official of the energy department told The Express Tribune, requesting anonymity.

The Punjab government announced the establishment of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park over an area of 5,000 acres in the Cholistan Development Authority in Bahawalpur. The company was registered under the company act with the SECP. In October 2013, Najam Ahmad Shah was posted as the CEO of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Company on a deputation basis.

From the 12 companies that applied for pre-qualification for the project, three – namely Chint, Tibea and Sumec – were shortlisted.

The company sent its team of experts to China for the due-diligence process of Chint. However, after an assessment, the entity did not quality and the second entity for review, Tibea, was awarded the contract after its credentials fulfilled criteria, said the official.

The priority of the Punjab government regarding the production of electricity has kept changing — focusing first on hydel, shifting to solar and now diverting attention to thermal (coal-) based projects. However, not a single megawatt has been added to the national grid so far, lamented the official.

In October 2013, the CM, while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the power project, announced that the solar park had the capacity to generate 1,000MW, which later got re-iterated to 100MW.

Shah added that hopefully, the 100MW would be ready for the national transmission system by the first week of April.

trade.Published in The Express Tribune, March  27th,  2015.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Najam
    Mar 27, 2015 - 2:49AM

    If this works well, next election will be of Nihari.Recommend

  • Public
    Mar 27, 2015 - 9:26AM

    Must say that some awesome people did technical research of the project as the capacity was revised from 1000MW to 100MW :PRecommend

  • Aftab Baloch
    Mar 27, 2015 - 10:31AM

    One million US dollars per megawatt by this solar project?! We can get 5000MW from Diamer-Bhasha for $200,000 per megawatt. Why are we wasting time on technology that even rich countries can’t afford?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 27, 2015 - 4:01PM

    Someone has become even richer………Recommend

  • rameez
    Mar 27, 2015 - 6:09PM

    Welldone PMLN solar and wind are fast becoming cheap we shud pursue them specially private sector as it can save us huge amounts of oil dollars plus such plants can be set up near load centers providing clean energy. Government should encourage small investors in this park as well who can invest 1 or 2 crore and get returns for the KWhs generated Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Mar 27, 2015 - 6:39PM

    @Aftab Baloch: Do you even know what are you talking about?. The average cost of the Diamer dam is around 15 Billion US Dollars. This equates to the first time cost of more than 3 Million US Dollars per Megawatt. Recommend

  • smalee
    Mar 28, 2015 - 6:22AM

    AoA,

    @ All

    Any Hydel electricty project is much better than any other means electricity project.
    Along with electricity generation water storage is also very important for the country.

    Just read the below para and decide your self about govt approch.

    “”The priority of the Punjab government regarding the production of electricity has kept changing — focusing first on hydel, shifting to solar and now diverting attention to thermal (coal-) based projects. However, not a single megawatt has been added to the national grid so far, lamented the official.””

    We must not forget Nandi Pur project as well :)

    I dont know that how many more decades we need to decide for construction of any another dam. Dasu, Bhasha, Kala bagh, Akori, etc etcRecommend

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