1,320MW imported coal-fired power plant becomes operational

The government has confirmed the successful commercial operations of a $2 billion 1,320MW coal-fired power plant set up by the China Power Hub Generation Company (CPHGC) under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. CPHGC also announced that it had successfully declared the COD of its 1,320MW (2×660) imported coal power plant and integrated jetty with coal transhipment capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per annum
“M/s CPHGC has successfully undergone through commissioning tests as per the agreed procedure. The engineer has certified the successful commissioning of the complex,” said a notification issued by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) — a government-owned subsidiary responsible for procuring power from plants and selling them to distribution companies.
The CPPA said the power producer had called for declaring its commercial operation date (COD) from Aug 17, 2019, while its engineer — SGS — had also issued certificate of initial tested capacity that came out at 1,249MW.
It is a joint venture between The Hub Power Company Ltd. (HUBCO) and China Power International Holding.
The government had decided in 2016 to give up one of the two 660MW plants to contain reliance on imported fuels and reduce foreign exchange losses. However, it was compelled to restore the full capacity after the Chinese partner of the joint venture took up the matter at the highest level and then followed it up at the 6th JCC meeting in December 2016.