China’s state-owned Harbin Electric Corporation and Pakistan Siddiqsons Energy have reportedly reached an agreement to set-up a 350MW coal-fired power plant at the Bin Qasim port in Karachi.
The move comes as Pakistan is currently facing an energy shortage of more than 5,000MW, The Press Trust of India reported.
Construction on the proposed power generating facility is expected to begin in July this year, with plans to complete the work over 31 months.
Siddiqsons stated on its website that the imported supercritical coal-fired power plant is currently in the development phase.
Pakistan is currently generating two-thirds of its electricity by burning oil and gas, and plans to shift to cheaper coal power generation, reported The New Indian Express.
As well as promoting electricity generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro, Pakistan is aiming to generate 8,100MW of power from coal.
To date, Harbin Electric has built more than 30% of Pakistan’s power stations.
Harbin has secured contracts to build large-scale power plant turnkey projects and provide complete equipment for power plants in more than 20 countries, including Pakistan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iran, India, Indonesia, Ecuador and Turkey.
It manufactures subcritical, supercritical and ultra-supercritical thermal units at 300MW, 600MW and 1,000MW.