Lowering Costs, Diversifying the Mix: GE Power in Pakistan
One of the seven pillars of Pakistan’s Vision 2025, includes reducing the per-unit cost of generating electricity by more than 25%, largely by improving the energy mix. GE is providing key technology for a new coal-fired power plant that will contribute towards achieving these cost and diversity goals.
The 1,320-megawatt China Power Hub Generation Company (CPHGC) Power Plant in Balochistan will generate power using two units each of GE’s supercritical steam turbines, boilers and generators. The plant’s groundbreaking is expected to be held tomorrow, with commercial operations set for 2019. The facility is a joint venture of China Power International Holdings Limited (CPIH) with Pakistan’s Hub Power Company (HUBCO).
GE Power’s advanced solutions can support the use of coal for efficient and reliable power at very competitive costs in Pakistan.
“With the sixth largest population in the world, Pakistan’s energy needs are large and growing,” said Dr. Sacha Parneix, Commercial General Manager for GE’s Steam Power Systems business in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey (MENAT). “Coal presents an opportunity to expand the alternative energy base in the country and reduce the per megawatt-hour costs of power generation. GE’s advanced solutions, based on modern supercritical technology, can support the utilization of this resource to provide efficient and reliable power at very competitive costs.”
The plant will also further other Vision 2025 goals, including increasing citizens’ access to electricity from 67% to over 90% and spurring faster socio-economic development by helping to meet a part of the current energy deficit.
The project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is expected to add power to Pakistan’s national grid through several different fuel sources. The large development megaproject aims to connect Port Gwadar in southern Pakistan to Xinjiang, China’s northwestern autonomous region, through transportation and energy networks.
GE Power’s Steam Power Systems business is an industry leader that has installed 30 percent of the world’s steam turbine capacity and 30 percent of the world’s boilers. It offers smarter, cleaner steam power solutions, including air quality control systems technology that can be implemented at coal-fired power plants to remove up to 99% of air pollutants, helping to meet and exceed the world’s strictest regulations.
Today, GE-built technologies can generate up to 25% of Pakistan’s electricity through various sources, including gas, wind and other fuels. GE has also supported the country’s development for more than fifty years, working across the energy, healthcare and transportation sectors.