Thar Coal Project Starts Electricity Generation

The first electron generated from indigenous lignite coal of Tharparkar has become a part of the National grid after almost a decade of work and development. The first unit producing 330MW of electricity located in Thar Block Il has been energized and has started production of electricity. This is the first unit of the overall 660MW plant owned by Engro Powergen Thar Limited (EPTL). It is hoped that both the mining and power projects, managed by Engro Energy, will be able to bring average foreign exchange savings of up to USD 1.6 billion per annum. The project has been constructed in a record time of less than 3 years -as per schedule and projected costs, a feat in itself given the complexity of the project. EPTL power plant will utilize 3.8MTPA of coal supplied by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company as both projects achieve their commercial operations date (COD) in June 2019 after which 660MW of electricity will be evacuated through a 282km long 500 kV Double Circuit Quad-Bundle transmission line from EPTL plant to Matiari in Sindh. The 660 MW power plant of EPTL will use circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology to burn coal from Thar which is regarded as the 7th largest coal reserve in the world with 175 billion tons of lignite coal.