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Call for notifying tariffs of 600MWs wind, solar power projects​


By Khalid Aziz | Gwadar Pro Jul 31, 2022



ISLAMABAD, July 31 (Gwadar Pro) - Foreign investors, including Chinese, Kuwaiti and German companies have recently called upon the federal government to issue notifications of the tariffs of as many as 11 wind and solar energy projects with a total capacity of more than 600 megawatts of clean and cheaper electricity.
The tariffs of these projects have been duly approved by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) but have not been notified so far in the official gazette by the Ministry of Energy, due to which the sponsors are unable to proceed with their plans. NEPRA has approved the lowest tariffs of around 3.5 US cents per unit for these projects, according to a letter sent by the Pakistan Foreign Renewable Energy Investors Forum to the Minister for Federal Board of Investment.
The projects include NORINCO Int’l Thatta Power (100 MWs wind power plant) in Sindh province, sponsored by NORINCO International. The P&G Energy, sponsored by Germany-based ib Vogt GmbH, has obtained a license for a 62.2 MWs solar power plant in Gwadar. Also, the Kuwait-based Enertech has obtained a license for a 50 MWs solar power plant in Bostan, Balochistan province. Other projects include the Iran-Pak wind power plant (50 MWs), Sino Well (50 MWs), Shafi Wind (50 MWs), Javed Solar (50 MWs), Kulachi Solar (50 MWs) and Moro Power (25 MWs).
The Sindh government has also urged the federal government to issue notifications of the tariffs of these power plants so that work could be started on these projects.
Mustafa Abdullah, VP of the Forum and CEO of Moro Power Co., told Gwadar Pro that the matter could be resolved at the federal cabinet level. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had recently assured officials of NORINCO Int’l of resolving the issues pertaining to their project.
These companies have already invested up to US$20 million in these projects on the purchase of land and paperwork and all the projects are ready for implementation, Mustafa said. He said that the projects were in line with the government’s vision for an increasing share of renewable energy in Pakistan’s power mix. The projects will attract US$450 million of foreign investment and create as many as 800 jobs, he said.
 

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Koto Hydropower Project To Be Functional By End Of Current Year​

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Jul 31, 2022

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– Secretary Energy and Power Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Imtiaz Hussain Shah on Saturday said that construction work on 40.8-megawatt Koto Hydropower Project has reached to final phase and set to complete and start generation of cheap electricity by the end of the current calendar year.

He expressed these views during a visit to the site of Koto Hydropower Project in Dir Lower. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Provincial Energy Development Organization (PEDO), Engineer Naeem Khan also accompanied the Secretary Energy and Power.

On the occasion, Project Director Koto Hydropower Project Engn Sultane Room and Deputy Director Engn Muqeemuddin briefed the Secretary regarding progress made over the project so far. They said that on improvement in security situation, Chinese Engineers returned to work and construction work is in full swing over the project. The Secretary Energy and Power while expressing satisfaction over the pace of work over the project. He directed further acceleration of the pace of work to complete the project on time to pass on its benefits to the people.

He said that completion of the project will usher a new era of socio-economic uplift in the area. PEDO, he said, will complete three projects this year that will collectively generate 63-megawatt cheap electricity and earn a receipt of billions of rupees annually for the province.
 

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Under Construction Mohmand Dam Hydro Power Project
Right Bank having a 3.5 km length with a 1km access Tunnel has been started. These tunnels will provide irrigation water to the area and a small powerhouse is proposed to generate 4.3MW power from these tunnels.
 

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Second power plant of 330MW (HUBCO) THAR Block 2 Coal Power Project Inaugurated by CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah .
Thar is now contributing 990 MW to the National Grid based on indigenous fuels, Inshallah another 1650 MW will be added in the next 6 months.

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NTDC opts for digital transformation​

World Bank funding business process automation project

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August 04, 2022

apart from laying new transmission lines the company has to upgrade its entire system to provide support for an additional load of around 10 000mw which is expected to be added to the national grid by 2018 photo file


Apart from laying new transmission lines, the company has to upgrade its entire system to provide support for an additional load of around 10,000MW,

: Lahore : National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) Managing Director Engineer Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan has said that the state-owned company is committed to achieving digital transformation by allocating necessary in-house resources.

He was speaking at a “kick-off ceremony” for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, aimed at automating business processes in the company.

NTDC’s digital transformation journey started three years ago and its strategy is to work on short and long-term initiatives to achieve the goal.

“ERP project is finally kicking off. We are now officially starting the implementation of the project that will be completed in 18 months’ time period,” Khan said.

It was emphasised that it was the largest investment in terms of resource allocation with respect to business process automation in the NTDC’s history.

“I am expecting that all employees will actively participate, take ownership role and make required contribution,” he said. “Higher management will be closely monitoring this project’s progress and will facilitate the project team by providing complete support.”

The project is funded by the World Bank while Siemens Pakistan has won contract for the supply, design and implementation of ERP along with supply and commissioning of hardware.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2022.
 

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BEIJING, Aug 4, 2022 (APP) : The 330MW Thar Energy Limited Power Plant (TEL), a mine-mouth lignite-fired power plant under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at Thar Coal Block II, Sindh, was successfully synchronized with the National Grid.

The Project is a joint venture among Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO), Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC), and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which is also the EPC contractor, China Economic Net (CEN) reported.

The foreign financing for the Project was arranged via a Chinese syndicate led by China Development Bank whereas the local financing has been arranged via a syndicate led by Habib Bank Limited.

The project started construction in May 2018 from the sponsor’s equity to ensure a timely Commercial Operation Date (COD) and early utilisation of the local resources. The financial close of the project was achieved in January 2020.

Now, the project has successfully reached its commissioning phase and COD is expected by the end of this month. The Thar Energy Limited Plant utilizes indigenous Thar coal sourced by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC), a joint venture initiative of which HUBCO is also a shareholder. The utilization of indigenous fuel is a development that will further revolutionize the Pakistani energy sector.

It will enable the nation to become proficient in supporting its own energy needs through local resources rather than allocating funds to import fuel, which will significantly decrease the country’s import bill.

The TEL power plant has created numerous direct employment opportunities for the locals of Thar and adjoining communities. TEL and Thal Nova (another venture between HUBCO, Thal Limited, Novatex, CMEC, and Descon) have jointly employed over 3,700 locals for the construction.

TEL is the first coal-fired power plant in the country to be run entirely by the Pakistani workforce. Similarly, the Thal Nova power plant is also near completion. Collectively, these two power plants will provide 660 MWs of affordable and indigenous electricity.
 

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Project Progress Update
  • Tariff determined in Sep 2019.
  • Land acquired in Feb 2020.
  • GoP-IA and PPA signed on 8th April 2021.
  • Financial Close (FC) under process.


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CMEC commissions 810 MWs power plant in Jhang​

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https://www.app.com.pk/global/cmec-commissions-810-mws-power-plant-in-jhang/#
CMEC commissions 810 MWs power plant in Jhang


BEIJING, Aug 06 (APP): The China Machinery Engineering Corp. (CMEC) successfully commissioned two gas turbines (405 MWs each) of the Punjab Thermal Power Ltd. (PTPL) power plant in the Jhang district.

We have started simple-cycle commercial operations from the two RLNG-based gas turbines of total 810 megawatts capacity, PTPL said. Work on the 443 MWs steam turbine is also underway at fast pace to achieve the combined-cycle commercial operations, it added.

CMEC executed the project as the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor, China Economic Net (CEN) reported.

PTPL has also signed an agreement with CMEC for operating the two gas turbines until the steam turbine is put into commercial operations, after which the two parties will renew the agreement to include the combined-cycle operations as well, an official of the CMEC explained.

Work on the steam unit is almost complete but will take around six more months in achieving commercial operations due to complicated pre-commissioning procedures including chemical cleaning of the boiler, the official said. The plant has a total combined-cycle capacity of 1242 MWs.
 

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Karot Hydropower Project – First CPEC Project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The Project was put into full commercial operation on 29th June 2022.

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CASA-1000: NTDC seeks $35m financing

Aug 12, 2022
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ISLAMABAD: National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has sought additional financing of $35 million for additional activities of the “challenging” Central Asia- South Asian Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000), well informed sources told Business Recorder.

According to the Aide Memoire, original cost of the project was $ 185 million, of which $ 92.66 million has already been disbursed whereas $ 46.74 million is to be released during current financial year. The closing date project will be extended by about three years from March 31, 2023 to December 31, 2025.

A World Bank Team led by Anthony Granville carried out the Implementation Mission from June 27 to July 7, 2022 to review the implementation of the project. The main objectives of the Mission were to: (i) discuss the implementation of the CASA-1000 Project; (ii) review project status, including procurement, contact management, financial management, disbursement, and reporting under the Projects; (iii) review the implementation status of the Converter Station and Electrode Station and line; (iv) get an update on the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP); (v) Account Bank procurement; (vi) Technical Code; and (vii) the project restructuring process required from Pakistan.

The WB team met with the team leaders of the CASA-1000 project of NTDC. The Mission also met with representatives from the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA). The Aide Memoire summarizes the implementation progress, key issues discussed, and agreements reached with NTDC.

The Bank in its Aide Memoire said that since all contracts have been awarded and are under implementation, the rating of the progress towards achievement of the objective of the project, which is to create the conditions for sustainable electricity trade between the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic and the South Asian countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan is moderately satisfactory, while the overall implementation progress rating is also moderately satisfactory.

The Bank says contract of package TWO1- is the design, engineering and construction of 1100 Mega Watt (MW) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter station and electrode station at Nowshera, Pakistan - signed on September 21, 2018. Currently, the engineering and procurement works are progressing as planned with civil works completed at about 54 percent, while the installation is at 5 percent with overall construction progress at about 29 percent.

NTDC reported to the Mission that there was an incident on two towers on the CASA-1000 500kV HVDC Transmission Line, which is under construction and financed by Islamic Development Bank (ISDB). The contractor of the line had informed NTDC through a letter of June 27, 2022 which was forwarded to the Bank on June 29, 2022 that on June 24, 2022, Towers # 184 and 185 of the 500kV HVDC Transmission Line were targeted by planting explosive material on both towers. Tower #184 sustained severe destruction, while the base of Tower #185 was partially damaged. NTDC security department along with Frontier Corps (FC) are currently investigating the incident and an updated report along with a remedial measure to avoid such incidents in the future would be forwarded to the Bank.

The mission was informed by NTDC of the need for additional funds to complete the CASA-1000 project in Pakistan. This additional fund requirement is largely borne out of the need to meet extra payment for additional activities to make CASA- 1000 operational such as, studies and implementation of reverse power flow from Pakistan to Central Asia and others. The expected amount of the additional financing shall be $ 35 million. NTDC will send a request letter for additional financing through its parent Ministry and the Ministry of Economic Affairs to the Bank for consideration.

It was agreed during the Mission that the current project closing date of March 2023 is no longer feasible, given several delays that the project has experienced. It was agreed that the project closing date should be extended to December 31, 2025, to allow the Afghanistan project to catch up and completed. NTDC will formally send a request letter for the project closing date extension to December 31, 2025 for the Bank’s consideration.

Pakistan is a recipient of a $600,000 grant for CASA-1000 project. NTDC had sought approval from the Bank to utilize this grant for a number of capacity building activities and the deployment of video conference facilities at several locations. The approval for several trainings at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) had been granted by the Bank but the Mission agreed that the remaining funds in the grant shall be concentrated on capacity building for NTDC staff who will manage the IMC facility.

It was agreed that the specialized training shall target 36 NTDC staff that provides maintenance to the HVDC equipment. Also, because interaction with Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, where Russian is the official language, the learning of the Russian language shall be captured and included in the local training for CASA-1000 PIU team and other NTDC staff.

The Mission was informed that the Government of Pakistan had received the request from CASA member countries to have an Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting. However, this idea has since been dropped.

The Mission was informed that all civil works at the site would be completed by December 2022. All equipment at the warehouse in Karachi was to be brought to Nowshera and therefore, it was agreed that there will no more extension of the warehouse leasing in Karachi. The Mission observed and emphasized that the equipment at the site should be properly and carefully stored to protect from flooding.

The Mission was informed that the Government of Pakistan is still in the process of providing a reviewed version of the Account Bank Agreement. It is expected that before the end of August 2022, the revised version of the account Bank Agreement should be ready.

The Bank’s Aide Memoire further states NTDC team has finalized the land acquisition process for the covered area of (500x500m2) at Charsadda (Awan-Abad).

The funds have been transferred to the district administration account in Charsadda, for early payment to the legal owners. The costs assessment of crops, trees and irrigation pumps have been evaluated and funds have been arranged by NTDC for the compensation to owners. The RAP for the electrode line has also been approved. NTDC will complete compensation payments of land acquisition and other entitlements per RAP before handing over the site to the contractor.
 

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On August 11, relocated N15 road & Tunnel within the Suki Kinari Hydropower Project scope has been opened for traffic. The existing N15 highway, will be inundated with the reservoir impounding therefore relocated N15 was constructed at higher elevation.

On August 12, 2022, the last Stator frame has been hoisted successfully and lowered into the unit pit. The total lifting weight was 335 Tons which was accomplished with the help of the tandem operation of Bridge cranes. The Project has four (04) generating units.


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50MW Attabad hydropower project,

The project is located on the right bank of the Hunza River, towards downstream end of Attabad Lake developed as a result of massive landslide approximately 21km long and 120m deep.

The work scope involved the review of feasibility, EPC Tender Documents and Construction Management. The Joint venture consist of Ms Dolsar (lead firm), NESPAK, ACE, PES, BARQAAB

Experts visited the site and interacted with WAPDA officials and discussed the various locations for proposed wier, powerhouse, intake structures etc.
Courtesy: Engr. Asad
 

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