Work should begin before year’s end on a 900-MW natural gas-fired power plant project in Pakistan.
Siemens and China’s Harbin Electric International signed an agreement with K-Electric to build a combined cycle plant at the Bin Qasim Power Complex in Karachi. The project is expected to be completed in 24 months.
Siemens will provide two Siemens SGT5-4000F gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and condensers. These will be the first Siemens turbines to be added to K-Electric’s power generation fleet.
“There is no doubt that adding 900 MW of reliable power generation capacity to the city of Karachi is a great source of pride,” Karim Amin, CEO of Power Generation at Siemens Gas and Power, said. “However, we are even more proud of the partnership with K-Electric and Harbin Electric and the determination to make this project a successful landmark for the people of Pakistan.”
K-Electric’s total investment in the new project, known as Bin Qasim Power Station 3, is estimated at about $650 million. The Pakistani utility provides power to more than 2.5 million customers in the nation.
The company has reportedly invested more than $2 billion (U.S.) in energy projects since 2009.
Siemens has sold more than 350 units of its SGT5-4000F gas turbines worldwide, totaling more than 17 million fired hours of operation. The 329-MW capacity unit can run on natural gas, LNG, sour gases, distillate, biodiesel and other fuel types.
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(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected]).