ISLAMABAD: The Engro Powergen Thar (Pvt) limited (EPTL) concerned in considerable trying out of 660MW coal-primarily based electricity plant and coal mining assignment in Thar on Tuesday declared to have correctly completed all applicable inspections and commissioning of the electricity plant, thereby achieving business operations date (COD).

“The COD milestone of each the mining and the power projects is a full-size achi­eve­ment given that the Thar dream has been an elusive fact for tens of millions of Pakistanis for over 27 years,” claimed an EPTL announcement.

The EPTL is a majority-owned organization of Engro electricity and Sindh Engro Coal Mining organisation (SECMC), which itself is a joint assignment of Engro electricity and the Sindh government.


evolved in a document time and as in step with schedule and inside projected fees, the Thar coal challenge is a part of the early harvest thing of the China-Pakistan economic hall (CPEC) framework.

SECMC plans to double manufacturing ability of coal mine to 7.6 million tonnes in step with annum by using 2021

The coal mining and energy plant assignment started in 2016 after the economic close of the challenge led by Engro electricity in collaboration with other business companions, inclusive of the Sindh authorities, Thal constrained, HBL, Hubco, state power funding business enterprise (SPIC) of China and the China equipment Engineering organization (CMEC) for the mine challenge.

The SECMC had unearthed the first layer of coal in June 2018 and completed the 60-day checking out length of regular nation manufacturing of on-specification coal. This culminated the first segment of the mining venture. The EPTL completed paintings on the development of 330-MW mine-mouth power flowers and synchronised them with the nat­ional grid via April 2019. The agency has considering the fact that been concerned in significant testing of both the power devices and has correctly completed all applicable inspections and commissioning of the plant thereby attaining the COD.

at the occasion, EPTL chief government officer Ahsan Zafar Syed said the employer completed vast checking out of the structures to make sure great of energy supply without compromising the protection of the challenge.

SECMC CEO Syed Abul Fazal Rizvi stated the primary section of the mining assignment changed into completed in advance of schedule, properly within the projected charges and with a stellar safety record. “we are now working diligently to pursue 2nd phase of the mining interest as per our enlargement plans wherein we intend to economise the mine and double the production capability to 7.6 million tonnes according to annum (MPTA) for the extra 2x330MW power plant scheduled to come back on line in 2021,” he stated.

Ghias Khan, president of Engro agency, termed the COD of Thar coal mine and the energy plant enormous and said it showcased no longer just the business enterprise’s capacity to deliver on mega initiatives however also underscored the achievement of public-personal partnership models to deploy inclusive development inside the country.

posted in , July 10th, 2019