GE signs pact for main­te­nance of 330 MW Thar plant

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: GE Power an­nounced that it has won equip­ment and ser­vices deals worth more than US$60 mil­lion to power and pro­vide crit­i­cal main­te­nance ser­vices for a pe­riod of 12 years for the 330 megawatts (MW) Thar En­ergy Lim­ited (TEL) Power Plant in Pak­istan.

Claimed in a press re­lease is­sued here on Wed­nes­day that the col­lab­o­ra­tion fur­ther demon­strates GE's ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies and re­in­forces its lead­er­ship as a trusted part­ner through­out the life­cy­cle of a power plant.

Khalid Man­soor, CEO HUBCO said, "We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing Pak­istan in achiev­ing power self-suf­fi­ciency and our fo­cus on us­ing our coun­try's own re­sources is tes­ta­ment to this.In driv­ing the TEL pro­ject, we are us­ing proven world-class tech­nol­ogy by GE, which has demon­strated its longterm ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity us­ing sim­i­lar fu­els in­ter­na­tion­ally. The in­clu­sion of a multi-year ser­vices agree­ment fur­thers GE and Hubco's co­op­er­a­tion, and not only marks a new mile­stone in our long-last­ing re­la­tion­ship but also in Pak­istan's am­bi­tions for a se­cure en­ergy fu­ture."

The TEL Power Plant is owned by Thar En­ergy Lim­ited - a con­sor­tium of the Hub Power Com­pany Lim­ited (Hubco), Fauji Fer­til­izer Lim­ited (FFC) and China Ma­chin­ery & En­gi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CMEC).

The power plant will use Pak­istani lig­nite coal from the lo­cal Thar Block II mine and sup­ply power to the na­tional grid un­der a 30-year power pur­chase agree­ment (PPA). The 330 MW TEL power plant is ex­pected to com­mence com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions in March 2021, and once in op­er­a­tion will pro­vide the equiv­a­lent elec­tric­ity needed to sup­ply up to 600,000 Pak­istani house­holds.

TEL is a part of the larger 1,320 megawatts (4x330 MW) Thar Block II in­te­grated-mining and power plant plan, which is also in­cluded in the China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) pro­gram.

Hubco cur­rently pro­duces 1,601 MW through three plants lo­cated at Hub, Narowal and Azad Jammu Kash­mir. It is the only power pro­ducer in Pak­istan that is ex­e­cut­ing three projects worth over US$ 3 bil­lion, listed in the China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC), namely the 1,320 MW im­ported coal-based China Power Hub Gen­er­a­tion Com­pany (Pri­vate) Lim­ited (CPHGC) at Hub, the 330 MW Thar lig­nite-based Thar En­ergy Lim­ited (TEL) at Thar and the Sindh En­gro Coal Mining Com­pany Lim­ited (SECMC) de­vel­op­ing Block

Field.

"The sig­na­ture of these new agree­ments marks an­other mile­stone in our very strong part­ner­ship with Hubco to serve Pak­istan's power gen­er­a­tion sec­tor bet­ter," said Michael Ker­oulle, CEO of GE's Steam Power busi­ness in the Mid­dle East, North Africa, Pak­istan and Tur­key.

"The TEL plant is us­ing GE's ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy to gen­er­ate power in an ef­fi­cient way from Thar lig­nite, which is a chal­leng­ing fuel, and these new

II of Thar Coal agree­ments will al­low us to sup­port Hubco to op­er­ate the plants in the most re­li­able way. We thank Hubco for their trust in GE."

GE will pro­vide its ad­vanced Cir­cu­lat­ing Flu­idized Bed (CFB) boiler and its steam tur­bine gen­er­a­tor tech­nol­ogy for the TEL Power Plant. Thar lig­nite coal con­tains up to 50 per­cent mois­ture and low ash con­tent, mak­ing it sig­nif­i­cantly chal­leng­ing to burn re­li­ably.

GE's boiler tech­nol­ogy has been a pre­ferred tech­nol­ogy-of-choice on Thar lig­nite fired power plants be­cause of GE's suc­cess­ful track record burn­ing sim­i­larly chal­leng­ing fu­els in Europe and North Amer­ica. Pak­istan has about 180 bil­lion tons of lig­nite re­serves and GE's tech­nol­ogy can help the coun­try use this indigenous re­source in­stead of im­port­ing more ex­pen­sive fu­els to in­crease en­ergy in­de­pen­dence and save for­eign ex­change re­serves.

Un­der the Multi-Year Agree­ment (MYA),GE will pro­vide crit­i­cal ser­vices to sup­port main­te­nance out­ages, in­clud­ing

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