(STL.News) – The 1,320 MW China Power Hub Generation Company (Pvt.) Ltd. Power Plant (CPHGC) in Pakistan celebrated its Commercial Operations Date (COD), reaching this important project completion milestone on schedule and on budget. The power plant is equipped with two units each of GE steam turbines, generators and boilers that were supplied to the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors Northwest Electric Power Design Institute Co. Ltd. (NWEPDI) and Tianjin Electric Power Construction Company (TEPC) under an agreement signed in 2016.
Mr. Zhao Yonggang, CEO, CPHGC said, “We are proud to deliver this project with agile execution and completed this work in cooperation with GE on schedule and on budget. We are excited that this landmark project will play a significant role in helping Pakistan to deliver on its energy mix ambitions and help to tackle the electricity shortfall that is hindering Pakistan’s progress.”
Construction of the CPHGC Power Plant at Hub, a joint venture of China Power International Holding Limited (CPIH) with Pakistan’s Hub Power Company (HUBCO), began in March 2017 and realized an impressive milestone earlier this year by synchronizing 660MW to the grid three months ahead of schedule, just 27 months after the project received notice to proceed. It is now in full commercial operation.
The project builds on a proven track record of successful partnership between European technology and Chinese project execution that aims to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to the people of Pakistan. The project will help Pakistan diversify its energy mix allowing a significant reduction in the cost of electricity generation in Pakistan. It is one of the infrastructure ventures supported under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a large development megaproject that aims to connect Gwadar Port in southern Pakistan to Xinjiang, China’s northwestern autonomous region, through transportation and energy networks.
Speaking at the occasion, Massimo Gallizioli, CEO of GE Steam Power in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, said, “GE is proud to serve Pakistan with advanced technology and tailored solutions that address the specific requirements of the country. With our proven boiler, steam turbine and generator technology, GE Steam Power is an industry leader in efficiency, leading to lower emissions and fuel savings. The successful completion of CPHGC power plant underlines the strong collaboration among GE and its partners. Together, we brought the world’s best to power Pakistan – local project management with Chinese engineering expertise and GE power generation technologies that were developed by advanced research and development teams based in Europe and China.”
GE has supported the development of energy infrastructure in Pakistan for more than 50 years and today, GE-built technologies can generate the equivalent power needed to supply up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity.