Pakistan Initiates First Commerical Wind Farm

GE picked to install 30 1.5 MW turbines in Pakistan's first commercial windfarm near Port Qasim

Published: 15-Dec-2004

government of Pakistan has approved the installation of 45 MW of wind turbines at the first phase of New Park Energy.

The Alternative Energy Development Board says the facility will be the first step toward a 400 MW windfarm, and will be the first commercial wind project in Pakistan under the government’s goal to source 10% of national energy from renewables by 2015. AEDB has forecast the installation of 1,800 to 2,700 MW of wind capacity by that year, with an annual installation rate of 170 to 270 MW.

The NPE project will be located near Port Qasim and will sell its output to the Karachi Electric Supply Company, which will be used to support residential and industrial expansion in the Karachi area. Groundbreaking for the first phase is scheduled for Q3 2005, with installation of turbines to be completed by the end of the year. The total 400 MW facility will be completed by 2007.

The facility owner will be New Park Energy Ltd, a group that includes Germany’s Dorsch Consult and Pakistan’s Albario Engineering of Lahore. It will work with GE Energy to reach a goal of 1,000 MW, and use 30 of GE’s 1.5 MW turbines for the first phase.

“We applaud Pakistan's aggressive program to increase its supply of wind power and are very pleased that our technology has been selected for the first commercial project in the country,” says Steve Zwolinski of GE Energy's wind operations. “This strong activity in Pakistan is further evidence of how countries worldwide are embracing the benefits of wind energy.”

GE has sold 2,500 of its 1.5 MW turbine for installation at sites around the world. Last year, it has revenue of US$18.5 billion and has developed or installed 6,900 turbines with a total capacity of 5,000 MW.

Earlier this month, GE Energy said it was selected as the turbine supplier for MidAmerican Energy’s 311 MW project in Iowa that, when completed next year, will be among the world’s largest windfarms. The facility is being developed by enXco and Clipper Windpower at two sites in north central and northwest Iowa, and will use 100 and 107 of GE's 1.5 MW turbines, respectively.

The MidAmerican project is among the $1.3 billion in U.S. orders and commitments recently announced by GE Energy. The turbines will be installed across 20,000 acres of land leased from area farmers.

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