A New Source Pours Power into Pakistan’s National Grid
For the second time in a month, full-fledged combined cycle commercial operations have begun at a large power generation facility in Pakistan as Bhikki Power Plant reaches completion on the heels of Haveli Bahadur Shah (HBS) Power Plant.
Bhikki Power Plant is owned by QATPL and HEI is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, responsible for setting up the power plant and all commissioning activities.
Together, Bhikki and HBS, which run on the world’s most efficient heavy-duty gas turbines – GE’s HA technology – are providing the equivalent power needed to supply nearly 5 million Pakistani homes.
“We realize that the country’s energy needs are immediate and growing and have left no stone unturned in meeting these needs,” said Mr. Akhtar Hussain, Chief Operating Officer of QATPL. “Bhikki Power Plant is expected to run for up to 30 years and will help to power homes, villages, towns and cities across Pakistan. The selection of GE’s HA gas turbines, which have helped to deliver world record levels of combined cycle efficiency, will help ensure that the power generated at Bhikki is reliable, affordable and leaves a smaller environmental footprint than average, to the benefit of millions of Pakistanis.”
GE’s HA technology, which is also being deployed at a third sister plant in Pakistan – the Balloki Power Plant – has already helped to deliver two world records. The first was for helping EDF’s Bouchain Power Plant achieve 62.22% net combined cycle efficiency in France. The second was for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, based on achieving 63.08% gross efficiency at Chubu Electric Nishi-Nagoya Power Plant Block-1 in Japan.
The Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki power plants are a significant component of the government’s strategy to meet Vision 2025’s goal to enhance access to electricity to over 90% of the population and are expected to add nearly 3,600 MW to Pakistan’s grid, meeting up to 60% of the energy shortfall in the country.
Moreover, they are an excellent fit as Pakistan looks to add more renewable power to the energy mix. The turbines can ramp power output up and down quickly, while still meeting emissions requirements, allowing them to quickly adjust to changes in output from wind and solar power.
Read more stories here about how GE is supporting the development of the power sector across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.