Wind power in Pakistan

The unnamed official said 11 wind farm developers have so far completed feasibility studies. Six independent power producers (IPPs) have also acquired power generation license from National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), three awarded tariff and three talking on Energy Purchase Agreements (EPA) and implementation agreements with authorities.

The official said to meet energy needs, government set target of at least 5 per cent (to be checked) of total national power generation capacity i.e. 9700 MW, to be generated from renewable energy technologies, especially wind energy by year 2030.

Zorlu Enerji Pakistan, which has been awarded tariffs of US$0.121057 per kWh, is in process of executing its 50MW wind power project in Jhampir, Thatta and three others acquired private land for 50MW wind power projects each and completing feasibility studies. AEDB is encouraging wind energy use for self consumption and grid spill over. A 150KW wind turbine installed by a private industry is availing net metering facility.

He said incentives to develop renewable energy are wind risk, guaranteed electricity purchase, attractive tariff, no import duty on equipment, zero sales tax. Wind energy potential in the country is about 346,000 MW of which 60,000 MW is in Gharo, Keti Bandar wind corridor alone spreading 60km along Sindh province coastline and over 170km deep into hinterland.

By José Santamarta,