Market Status: Pakistan - Developers welcome tariff cap removal

PAKISTAN Wind-power capacity nearly doubled in 2014.

Pakistan nearly doubled its installed wind-power capacity in 2014 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. In May 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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