JV of Iran and Pakistan will set up a 50 megawatts wind farm in Pakistan

According to the chief executive officer of the wind energy project, Khurram Sayeed this was the first of its kind project in the private sector among companies of Iran and Pakistan.

He said the company had been incorporated in Pakistan along with the Iranian Group Sunir, which had a 50 percent stake in the wind power project. Sayeed is the chairman of the Alternate Energy Committee at the FPCCI.

Turkish Company Sign Agreement for Wind Energy

Zorlu Enerji, the first company to establish wind farm for power generation in Pakistan, on Saturday signed Energy Purchase Agreement with Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation for purchase of 6 MW electricity generated at the company’s facility in Jhimpir. The agreement was signed by Mr. Murat Sungar Bursa, President Zorlu Enerji, on behalf of Zorlu Eneji and Mr. Karim Buksh Qureshi, CEO HESCO representing HESCO. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Chairman AEDB / Minister Water & Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Turkish Ambassador Mr. Engin Soysal.

The signing of Energy Purchase Agreement between the IPP and HESCO took the country further closer to towards exploitation of its vast wind energy resource for meeting its growing energy needs. NEPRA has awarded tariff of US scents 12.1057 per KWh, which is cheaper than the electricity generated from thermal sources. The power generated from the first phase would be evacuated to Jhimphir grid station by HESCO and would be sufficient to electrify 6900 homes in Hyderabad region.

The Zorlu Enerji wind farm would be one of the cleanest power plants in the country displacing 10,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, as compared to a fossil fuel power plant. Harnessing the strong winds coming from south west, the wind farm is first commercial wind power project of the country, comprising 5 towers in the first phase with an installed capacity of 1.2 MW wind turbine generator per tower. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Minister Water & Power/Chairman AEDB congratulated Mr. Murat Sungar Bursa, Zorlu Enerji President for undertaking the project that supports the government’s derive towards greater exploitation of renewable energy resources. He thanked the Turkish firm for its assistance in helping Pakistan enter the era of wind energy. Mr Ashraf said Pakistan is proud of its friendship with Turkey.

President of Pakistan would perform the inauguration of the land mark project in the first week of Feburary, said Chairman AEDB/ Minister Water & Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf with CEO AEDB and President Zorlu Enerji (Pvt) Ltd., “This project shows the Pakistan government’s persistence at tapping indigenous Renewable Energy sources as a strategy to meet growing energy needs”, said the AEDB chairman/ Minister Water & Power. We need a relentless effort to harness our own energy resources and not be forever held hostage by volatile international oil prices,” he added. “We have brotherly relations with Pakistan and Government has sent us here with a special message to do utmost in increasing trade and commerce. Additionally, we look forward cooperating with Pakistan in defence, agriculture and women empowerment for producing tangible results”, said the Turkish ambassador, Mr. Engin Soysal.

Mr. Arif Alauddin, CEO AEDB said the realization of wind farm represents an important milestone in the country’s strategy to in contribution of Renewable Energy sources. He said more of such good news particularly in the sector of waste to energy and hydro sector were in the pipeline. He thanked the federal government, federal minister for water and power, Sindh government, NTDC, CPPA, NEPRA, HESCO for their help in the setting up of the country’s first wind farm. The project which in subsequent phases would be expanded to a 50 MW wind farm is currently using gearless vensys 62 with 1.2 MW technology. President Zorlu Enerji (Pvt) Ltd., Mr. Murat Sungar Bursa speaking on this occasion said incentives offered by Pakistan ‘s Renewable Energy Policy were a major factor in the company’s decision to invest here.

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