KARACHI: China Power Hub Generation Company (CPHGC) achieved yet another milestone when the unit 1 of the 2x660MW coal-fired power project successfully synchronized with the national grid. The plant has now started supplying electricity to the national grid on a pre-commissioning trial basis.
Synchronization of unit 1 was achieved ahead of schedule and was realized within the agreed technical parameters. Unit 2 of the project is in line for synchronization in the first half of 2019.
Success of the unit 1 synchronization also lays foundation for future commercial operations of the project which are planned to start in August 2019.
Speaking at the occasion, CPHGC CEO Zhao Yonggang congratulated the CPHGC team, highlighting that the achievement of this and other milestones was the result of the hard work of both the Pakistani and Chinese employees who are working in harmony to bring success to the project.
“China Power Hub Generation Company is the first overseas thermal power project developed by SPIC under the Belt & Road Initiative. The 2x660MW coal-fired power project is a priority project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and is also the first overseas thermal power project developed by SPIC under the BRI,” said Yonggang.
Located in Hub, Balochistan, the CPHGC project is a joint venture between CPIH (the Chinese state-owned company) that owns 74pc of the project and HUBCO that owns 26pc. The project, despite the much higher cost, has adopted supercritical technology for environment protection, as this technology requires reduced coal consumption and has lower carbon emissions thus improving its economical, energy-conserving and environment protecting features.