Engro Powergen Thar Private Limited (EPTL), a 660MW coal-based power plant, passed all inspections and was granted the Commercial Operations Date (COD).
The majority of stakeholders of the project are Engro Power and Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC). The EPTL was completed on schedule and within the budget allocated and is among the first projects completed under the framework of CPEC.
EPTL said in a statement that, “The COD milestone of both the mining and the power projects is a significant achievement given that the Thar dream has been an elusive reality for millions of Pakistanis for over 27 years.”
The project was started by Engro Energy in 2016 along with other stakeholders, which included, Sindh government, Thal Limited, HBL, HUBCO, State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) of China and the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC).
The SECMC completed the first phase of the coal mining process in 2018 when it un-earthed on-quality coal continuously for 60 days. Then EPTL constructed two 330MW mines mouthed power plants and had them attached to the national grid by April 2019. The EPTL then ran a series of tests and inspections and completed them all successfully and have finally obtained the COD status.
According to EPTL CEO Ahsan Zafar Syed, the intense testing was conducted to ensure the quality of power supply without compromising on the safety of the plant.
CEO of SECMC Syed Abdul Fazal Rizvi said, the first phase of mining was completed ahead of schedule and within the projected costs. He further added that, “We are now working diligently to pursue the second phase of the mining as per our expansion plans where we intend to economize the mine and double the production capacity to 7.6 million tons per annum for the additional 2 power plants with 330MW capacity each, scheduled to come online in 2021.”