April 14, 2009

Pakistan's First Wind power plant opens on 19th

The First ever Wind Power plant of 50 MW in Jhimpir near Karachi is ready for inauguration on 19th April, 2009. All arrangements for launching of inauguration of this project have been completed. The CEO of Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB) Mr. Arif Alauddin gave a detailed presentation to Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf in a meeting here today.

The CEO briefed the minister about the progress of the plant and informed him about the arrangements of the inauguration of the Wind Power Project. He apprised the meeting that the power generated from the first phase would be evacuated to Jhimphir grid station by HESCO and would be sufficient to electrify 6900 homes in Hyderabad region.

The Minister was informed that The Zorlu Enerji wind farm would be one of the cleanest power plants in the country displacing 10,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, as compared to a fossil fuel power plant.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Minister for Water & Power lauded the efforts of the AEDB for undertaking the project that supports the government’s derive towards greater exploitation of renewable energy resources. He also thanked the Turkish firm for its assistance in helping Pakistan enter the era of wind energy. He said that this project shows the Pakistan government’s persistence at tapping indigenous Renewable Energy sources as a strategy to meet growing energy needs. He added that all out efforts are underway to mobilize all available resources for producing more electricity in the country to get rid of the prevailing menace of load shedding in the country.