The government of Pakistan, working through its Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), has given the go ahead to the country’s first commercial wind farm.
New Park Energy Phase I, as the project is called, is a 45-megawatt installation that will be the first step of a 400-megawatt wind project.
The government of Pakistan has set a goal to have 10% of the country’s energy produced from renewable sources by the year 2015. As a significant part of that effort, AEDB has forecast the installation of 1800-2700 megawatts of wind power capacity by 2015, with an annual installation rate of 170-270 megawatts.
The New Park Energy project will be located near Port Qasim and will provide wind-generated electricity to the Karachi Electric Supply Company to help support residential and industrial expansion in the Karachi area. Plans call for the project to be developed in 45-megawatt increments.
Groundbreaking for Phase I is scheduled for the third quarter of 2005, with the wind turbine installation to be completed by the end of that year. The total 400-megawatt installation is expected by 2007.
The project owner will be New Park Energy Ltd, a group that includes Dorsch Consult of Germany and Albario Engineering Limited of Lahore Pakistan; the turbines will be supplied by GE.
The New Park Energy wind project will help to meet Pakistan’s energy shortage. It also is expected to open the doors to further wind energy development and encourage other foreign investors.