The 1,223-MW gas-fired Balloki power plant in Pakistan has been completed and is operational, according to project partners National Power Parks Management Co., Harbin Electric International and GE.
The Balloki’s power capacity can help deliver electricity to 2.5 million Pakistani homes. This is the second regasified liquefied natural gas project developed by National Power Parks after the Haveli Bahadur Shah plant which achieved combined-cycle operation in May.
Together Balloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah have produced close to 5.5 billion kWh of power to the national grid during the commissioning phases alone, according to reports. Crews completed work as Pakstani leaders pushed to reduce electricity outages and overcome project delays.
“The successful completion of Balloki power plant underlines the strong collaboration among NPPMCL, HEI and GE in driving the commissioning of the project,” said Li Chao, chief operations officer of China-based Harbin Electric International, in a statement. “People from more than 25 countries came together to work on this project. Together, we brought the world’s best to power Pakistan–local project management with Chinese engineering expertise and power generation technologies that were developed by advanced research and development teams based in North America and Europe.”
Completion of the Balloki facility marks the third Pakistani power project to feature GE’s HA gas turbines. Previously completed plants featuring HA turbines in Japan and France achieved 63 and 62 percent efficiency outputs, respectively, according to GE.
“For more than 50 years, GE has delivered advanced technologies and worked to transform the power sector in Pakistan, and today marks an important milestone in our journey,” said Russell Stokes, president and CEO of GE Power. “Our HA technology at the Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah, and now Balloki power plants, is providing Pakistan with efficient, flexible, reliable and low cost power, enhancing the country’s ability to meet its growing energy needs and improve the lives of millions of citizens.”
The Pakistani plants experienced some delays along the way, according to previous news reports. Harbin began expanding its work to projects for electric utilities globally four years ago.