ADB to provide extra $30mln to Pakistan bagasse combined heat and power plant

Karachi: The Asian Development Bank ADB is considering extending Pakistan $30 million loan for a bagasse-based 80MW cogeneration power plant to be built at sugar mills near Qasba Shirin, Jamaldin Wali in Punjab. Total cost of project is estimated to be $135 million.

The plant will use bagasse as the primary fuel and imported coal as a secondary fuel. ADB said plant is both economically viable and environmentally friendly. It will generate 51.8MW of electricity. In addition to supplying power and steam to sugar mills, it will supply electricity to the national grid.

According to some expert estimates, Pakistan has a potential to generate over 3000MW from sugarcane production through cogeneration. The government says it believes that bagasse-based cogeneration power plants can play a significant role in improving the country’s power generation capacity.

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