Wind power in Pakistan

Minister of Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf chaired the 20th meeting of AEDB. The meeting informed that financial issues for the wind farm of 200 MW have been finalized.

Talking to media after the meeting, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said President House and Prime Minister House will also avail solar energy. He said government is working for elimination of load shedding and positive results will be emerged soon.

Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) takes great pride to announce the inauguration of Pakistan’s first ever Wind Power Plant of commercial scale. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani inaugurated the wind turbines project on 19th April 2009 at Jhimpir, District Thatta, Sindh.

The Prime Minister stressed for utilization of alternative & renewable energy resources to overcome the current energy crisis. "Pakistan is facing energy crisis and rising to this challenge and depending on indigenous alternative energy resources is the need of hours" he said.

He observed that the world faced a three dimensional global energy, economic and environmental crisis and renewable energy resources, particularly wind energy, offered the most promising solution.

The Prime Minister noted that wind energy was globally the fastest growing energy resource with an annual growth of 26 percent. He expected that Pakistan would soon contribute significantly to the global installed wind farm capacity

He thanked the Turkish firm, Zorlu Enerji, for helping Pakistan enter the wind energy year. "Even now at the time when we face many challenges, it is our Turkish brothers, who have stepped up and their tremendous support has resulted in ushering in a new, green era in Pakistan’s energy sector", he added.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), had made significant headway to develop the country’s Alternative & Renewable Energy sector.

He pointed out that Zorlu Enerji Group intends to expand this project to 250 megawatts. This shall also send a very strong signal to the international community that Pakistan offers great opportunities to do business and investment. "I am sure that with the support of our friends like Turkey and China, our renewable energy market will continue to flourish and rival the other emerging markets in the world as well", the Prime Minister said.

Nordex Supplying Wind Turbines in Pakistan

Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) secured Letter of Intent (LOI) from Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) for establishing a 50 MW Wind Power Project in Jhampir District Thatta Sindh.

Fauji Fertilizer Company has signed a wind turbine supply agreement with M/s Nordex, a reputed wind turbine manufacturer, in March 2010 for its 50 MW wind power project.

As per the deal, Nordex will supply 33 state of the art Nordex S77-1.5MW wind turbines for this wind farm. Through this turbine supply deal Nordex is entering into a new developing wind energy market of Pakistan. The presence of Nordex in Pakistan will benefit both Nordex and wind IPPs to develop new ventures/deals for bringing wind energy in Pakistan.