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KARACHI: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will be the chief guest at a prestigious ceremony to be held on March 22, Wednesday (today) to celebrate the successful completion of a mega coal-fired power project in Thar Block-1.

According to top officials of Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company (Private) Limited, Prime Minister Sharif will join the celebrations to make the Commercial Operation Date (COD) for the 2X660MW Coal-Fired Power Plant Project in Thar Coal Block-1.

The project successfully completed the 168-hours Reliability Operation Test and officially started Commercial Operation on February 5 this year. “At noon time 12 O´clock on 4th February 2023 (Pakistan local time), the 2X660MW high-parameter supercritical units of Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company (Private) Limited (TCB-1) successfully completed 168-hours full load reliability run test (RRT).

At 00:00 on February 5 2023, both units officially entered the commercial operation stage. It marks that the construction of the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project has been completed,” said Meng Donghai, CEO Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company (Private) Limited.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Dr Mahesh Milani (Member of National Assembly), and their teams visited the TCB-1 premises on the same day. They congratulated the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project on successfully completing the 168-hours RRT, praised and expressed appreciation to the Project for economic benefits and the well-being contribution to people.

TCB-1 power plant is the first large-scale thermal power generation project in the world independently developed, constructed and operated by Shanghai Electric, and TCB-1 is a main energy project of the national The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and a key energy cooperation project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

“Since the start of the TCB-1 power station project construction in 2019, the project team has worked together with all participating parties to overcome difficulties, such as the harsh natural environment of the Thar Desert, Covid-19 epidemic, complicated security situations, and insufficient capacity of power infrastructure. Finally, TCB-1 broke through numerous challenges and achieved this major milestone,” Donghai said.

The smooth operation of the two units has an annual production capacity of 9 billion kWh, which can meet the electricity demand of nearly 4 million local households in Pakistan, effectively alleviate the local power shortage, and contribute to reducing energy imports and ensuring the strategic energy security of Pakistan.

The two units are developed under the lead of Shanghai Electric. The main equipment, such as boiler, turbine and generator, as well as the main auxiliary equipment, are manufactured by Shanghai Electric, which provides Chinese equipment with Chinese standard and Chinese technology to all across the world.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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