SAHIWAL: The second unit of the Sahiwal Coal Power Project has become operational on Friday with full capacity of 660 megawatts, Business92 reported.
“The project has started running on its full capacity (660 megawatts) during trial run and countdown for 168-hour testing has now begun,” CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif tweeted.
He said that with the commencement of second power unit, the Sahiwal coal power project is now producing its full capacity of 1320 megawatts.
The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had inaugurated the first unit of Sahiwal Coal Power Project a week ago.
With a total capacity of 1320 megawatt, the project comprised two coal-based power plants with capacity of 660 MW each. This is one of the early harvest projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The project has been completed in a record period, six months ahead of the prescribed schedule, as the prime minister had launched work on the project on May 30, 2014.
Executed by M/s Huaneng Shandong Ruyi Pakistan Energy Private Limited, the project had already been connected to the national grid since May 12, this year.
Built as a latest state of the art technology Supercritical coal Fired Power Project, the power plant was is environmentally compliant with high thermal efficiency to ensure low fuel consumption.
The power generation from the project is expected to exceed 9 billion kWh, which would significantly contribute in alleviating energy crisis in the country. The project will produce electricity at with a levelized tariff of Rs 8.11/unit.
The Punjab government had extended loan facility to Pakistan Railways for construction of spur line from nearest railway station to the project site and coal was being successfully transported to the project site.
Around 190 Pakistani young engineers trained in China have been employed for plant operations.