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Ming Yang wins 49.5MW Pakistan deal

PAKISTAN: Ming Yang has been awarded a 49.5MW contract to supply turbines to a project in the Sindh province, southern Pakistan.

Ming Yang will supply turbines to the Pakistan project
Ming Yang will supply turbines to the Pakistan project

Ming Yang will deliver 33 1.5MW turbines in three batches to the project from September 2015. The wind farm is expected to come online by June 2016.

The project is being developed by an unnamed state-owned Chinese developer. Ming Yang said the development was part of government initiative to improve cooperation between countries in Asia.

Ming Yang CEO Chuanwei Zhang said: "Back in 2014 when [Chinese] President Xi Jinping announced the policy and called for more cooperation between countries in Asia, we... began to strategically target overseas energy projects developed by Chinese companies."

"We are looking forward to more overseas opportunities as we continue expanding our presence overseas," he added.

Chinese manufacturer Goldwind agreed a deal with HydroChina Huadong Engineering for 30MW project in east Pakistan in May.

In 2014, Pakistan nearly doubled its installed wind-power capacity with the commissioning of the first 50MW phase of Foundation Wind Energy's project near Karachi, and the Three Gorges Corporation's 49.5MW wind farm at Jhimpir.

In 2013, Pakistan's National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) issued an "upfront" tariff at a levelised rate of PKR 13.2/kWh ($0.13/kWh) for wind power, but this was only applicable to a maximum of 500MW. With the country's pipeline standing at 1.8GW, many developers considered this cap far too low.

Last year Nepra agreed to remove the cap and extend the tariff to wind power projects on application that had achieved financial closure by 31 March 2015.

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