2 December 2004 – GE is to supply wind turbines to Pakistan’s first commercial wind power project and also to a US site that will be one of the world’s largest wind power facilities.
As part of Pakistan’s first commercial wind power facility, GE will supply New Park Energy (NPE) Phase I with a 45 MW installation of 1.5 MW turbines. This will be the first step of a 400 MW wind project that has been approved by the Pakistan government’s Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB). NPE has committed to work with GE to reach a goal of 1000 MW.
The Pakistan government has set a target to have ten per cent of the country’s energy produced from renewable sources by the year 2015. As a result, AEDB has forecast the installation of 1800 MW to 2700 MW of wind power capacity by 2015, with an annual installation rate of 170 MW to 270 MW.
The NPE project is to be developed in 45 MW increments. It will be located near Port Quasim and will provide wind-generated electricity to the Karachi Electric Supply Company, to help support residential and industrial expansion in the Karachi area.
Groundbreaking for Phase I is scheduled for the third quarter of 2005, with the wind turbine installation to be completed by the end of that year. The total 400 MW will be installed by 2007.
The second significant supply of wind turbines is for MidAmerican Energy Company’s 310.5 MW project in Iowa that, when completed in 2005, will be among the world’s largest wind generation facilities.
Owned by MidAmerican Energy Company, the project is being developed by enXco, Inc. and Clipper Windpower. The project is located at two sites in north central and northwest Iowa. The sites will each take 100 and 107 of GE’s 1.5 MW wind turbines, respectively.
The MidAmerican project is among the $1.3bn in US wind project orders and commitments for 2004 to 2005 recently announced by GE Energy. The project will supply enough wind power to meet the annual electricity needs of 85 000 homes.
The wind turbines will be installed across 20 000 acres of land leased from area farmers and with only a small footprint utilised by each wind turbine, the land area will continue to be used by local farmers for farming and ranching.
As the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the northwest Iowa site, GE will supply and install the turbines and towers and will design, procure and install the balance of the plant. EnXco is the EPC contractor for the north central Iowa site.