1,650 megawatts Coal fired plants inaugurated at Thar

Two coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1,650 megawatts of electricity generation have been inaugurated in Tharparkar, Pakistan by PM Shehbaz Sharif. These projects include the 1,320 megawatt Shanghai Electric power plant and the 330 MW Thal Nova power plant, which will generate 11.24 billion units of low-cost electricity annually. The direct investment of $3.53 billion into these projects will increase the production of coal-based electricity in Thar to up to 3,300 MW.

By April 30, the power turbines will be installed at the projects to generate electricity, which will be supplied to the rest of the country through transmission lines. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Government of China for extending support to Pakistan in carrying out development projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Chinese Charge d’Affairs Pang Chunxue assured all possible cooperation by the government of China in the field of development and progress.

The Shanghai Electric Power Company Limited is the executing agency of the projects, while the Ministry of Energy is the coordinating ministry, and Private Power and Infrastructure Board is the supervising agency.