Nordex wins 50MW Pakistan project

PAKISTAN: FFC Energy, part of major Pakistan company Fauji Fertilizer Company, has signed up German turbine builder Nordex for installation of the Jhimpir 50MW wind station in the province of Sindh in the country.

Nordex 1.5MW turbines specifically designed for medium/ strong wind conditions
Nordex 1.5MW turbines specifically designed for medium/ strong wind conditions

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The average wind speed at the site is 7.8 meters per second. FFC has therefore opted for Nordex 1.5MW machines, specifically designed for medium-strong wind conditions. Nordex also said it will supply "hot climate" versions of the turbines, to be produced at its facilities in China.

33 turbines will be delivered after tariff approval from the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority and the signing of an energy purchase agreement. It expects installation work to start this summer. 

FFC's advisor in the project is German engineering consultant company Lahmeyer International which reported a year ago (in its March 2009 Newsletter) only three companies could be persuaded to bid in the tendering procedure.

This was due to the big demand for wind turbines when the tender was issued at the beginning of 2008, and the political instability in Pakistan at the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008.

FFC is planning to build further renewables power stations to cover the growing demand for renewable energies and has already obtained a Letter of Intent for another 100 MW of wind farms from the government, Nordex added.

Pakistan aims for wind farms totalling around 4.6GW in the Sindh region alone.  The Pakistan government set up an Alternative Enegy development board back in 2003 to promote development of renewables projects in Pakistan. 


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