Wind energy in Pakistan: Vestas enters with 50MW wind power order

Karachi: Vestas company received order for total capacity of 50.4MW, consisting of 28 units of V90-1.8MW wind turbines for a wind farm project at Nooriabad in Jimphir, Sindh. Contract comprises wind turbines supply, supervision of installation on site, commissioning and a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system, two-year service and availability agreement. Wind turbines delivery is scheduled to start in 2012 first half and project expected to be completed by end of 2012, vestas.com reported.

Order was placed by Zorlu Energy Pakistan Ltd., which is 100% owned subsidiary of Turkish Zorlu Enerji Electricity Generation Inc. In 2006, it signed agreement with Alternative Energy Development Board AEDB to build first wind farm for total capacity of 56.4MW. First phase comprising 6MW is in operation since 2009 and second comprising 50.4MW will be delivered by Vestas.

Murat Sungur Bursa, CEO of Zorlu Energy Group said: “We take pride in building first wind power plant in Pakistan, which will lead wind industry in the country and hopefully motivate other investors to seek opportunities in the region. Vestas is strong technology partner offering us reliable, efficient products.”

“We are pleased to have been chosen as preferred partner by Zorlu Enerji, who shown trust in our capabilities to support in this new challenging project in Pakistan ensuring business case certainty and high return on investment,” says Olcayto Yigit, Director, sales region Turkey, Vestas Türkiye.

Juan Araluce, President, Vestas Mediterranean said: “We are proud to start operations in Pakistan, through development of this important project with Zorlu Energy Group.” Sean Sutton, President, Vestas Asia Pacific said: “We are glad to be part of this prestigious project. We believe this milestone puts Vestas in advantageous position to support development of wind power in this country going forward.”

It will have estimated annual production of 159,000 MWh per year, which corresponds to residential electricity consumption of approx. 350,000 persons, save environment from over 90,000 tons of CO2 emissions on annual basis. Government launched in 2006 Policy for Development of Renewable Energy for power generation to utilize unexploited wind resources and attract new investments.

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