Spanish wind turbines major Siemens Gamesa has secured a series of orders for 8 new wind farms in Pakistan during FY 2020, aggregating 410 MW. The company had signed its first project in Pakistan of 50 MW capacity 3 years ago. Nowadays, Pakistan is rigorously building out electricity generating capacity, battling power blackouts.
October 01, 2020. By Manu Tayal
Spanish wind turbines major Siemens Gamesa has secured a series of orders for 8 new wind farms in Pakistan during FY 2020, aggregating 410 MW.
The company had signed its first project in Pakistan of 50 MW capacity 3 years ago. Nowadays, Pakistan is rigorously building out electricity generating capacity, battling power blackouts.
Partnering with an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor, the wind turbines manufacturer will supply, install and commission a total of 205 units of it’s 2.X turbines for 8 projects with a combined capacity of 410 MW, including 50 MW in Q1FY20, 50 MW in Q2FY20, 50 MW in Q3FY20, and 260 MW in Q4 FY20.
Out of the 8 wind farms package, 2 projects have already started construction, with commissioning expected in November 2020 and February 2021 respectively.
When fully operational at the end of 2021, these 8 wind farms will generate enough electricity to cover the annual needs of up to 600,000 local households with clean and affordable electricity, significantly alleviating the power shortage in Pakistan where 40 million residents have no access to electricity supply.
Commenting on the development, Enrique Pedrosa, Chief Regions Officer of Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore business unit, said “as a global pioneer of wind solutions, Siemens Gamesa has a track record of bringing innovative technologies to developing markets across the globe. We’re pleased with the impact and partnership we have been able to make in Pakistan.”
“Renewables are at the centre of the global energy transition and will play an essential role in economic recovery post Covid-19. We’re well positioned and committed to bringing more sustainable and affordable clean energy for generations to come in Pakistan,” Pedrosa added.
Pakistan, as a country heavily reliant on imported natural gas and oil for power generation, is now promoting renewable sources with a focus on wind and solar, which are now the cheapest sources of power in the country.
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