The Pakistan Government has said that the first phase of the Thar coal-fired power projects will begin commercial operations by June 2019, about four months ahead of its deadline. This was confirmed by Mohsin Babar, Media and Communications Manager and Muhammad Idrees, Planning and Contracts Manager, for Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC).
Idrees said that financial closure of the project was achieved in April 2016, and since then, 14.2 per cent of the total work had been completed. He said that work on the power plant and coal mining was going on simultaneously. Idrees said that this is the first coal-fired power project in Thar, and it is one of the leading energy projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that under the second phase of the project, two more 330 MW power plants would be completed by December 2019.
SECMC said: “Five more coal-fired power plants will be set up in block II of Thar by December 2021, expanding the total production capacity of Thar coal-based electricity generation to around 3000 MW.”