Adding 717MW to the national grid and lessening woes of the people facing long hours of loadshedding, Bhikki power plant has started generation after formal inauguration by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
A key project of the Punjab government, Bhikki power plant upon completion would provide a total of 1180MW. The project runs on General Electric 209HA Combined Cycle Technology, being executed by Harbin Electric International as EPC Contractor.
The plant would save Rs 250 billion in operational cost alone in next 30 years. The highest output gas plant was built at the lowest cost ever leading to the lowest production cost in the world of $466,000 per megawatt (MW).
The project, near Sheikhupura, has been completed jointly by AEPL, General Electric, Harbin Electric International and their construction contractor Tianjin Electric.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed the completion of the gas power plant in 18 months a record and said owing to the transparent bidding the government saved a huge amount of Rs 50 billion. He said the plant would provide power at the cheapest rate of Rs 7.37 per unit.
Plant would also have record efficiency of 61.59 percent as compared to other power generation plants in the country.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister of State Abid Sher Ali, and Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong.