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Thar Block-1 Power Plant clears reliability test with support from Shanghai Electric
The Thar Block-1 thermal power plant went into commercial operation earlier this year after both units in the project completed a 168-hour reliability run test at full capacity. With a total capacity of 1,320 MW, the project is supported by an open-pit coal mine and is integrated with steam turbines, generators, tower-type boilers, high-pressure heaters, low-pressure heaters, condensers, de-aerators, supporting motors, blowers, induced draft fans, cooling fume fans, and low-temperature economizers, all supplied by Shanghai Electric.
In addition to supplying equipment and technology for the project, Shanghai Electric has also been actively involved in the construction, operation, and maintenance of the power plant.
This milestone is a step toward meeting the growing energy demand in Pakistan and promoting energy diversification in the country. The Thar Block-1 power plant will play an important role in providing a stable power supply to a large number of households and industries in the region. The successful completion of the reliability test demonstrates the project's ability to generate electricity reliably and efficiently, contributing to Pakistan's energy security and economic growth. One important feature of the Thar Block-1 power plant is its utilization of local fuels, reducing dependence on imported energy resources.
Additionally, it is part of Pakistan's larger strategy to diversify its energy mix and transition toward cleaner energy sources. The government has set targets for renewable energy, aiming to increase the share of renewables in the country's energy mix to 30% by 2030. The successful operation of the Thar Block-1 power plant will help Pakistan achieve these targets while also addressing the immediate energy needs of its growing population and economy.
This project has created numerous job opportunities for local communities, fostering economic development in the region. The project has also contributed to the development of infrastructure, including roads, water supply systems, and other essential facilities, positively impacting the quality of life for residents in the surrounding areas. News of the successful operation marks progression in Pakistan's energy diversification and sustainability goals. The project showcases the potential of utilizing local resources and advanced technologies to create a stable, clean, and reliable energy supply.