Dawood Wind Power Project

The Dawood Wind Power Project is a wind farm developed on 1,720 acres of tidal flats in the Province of Sindh. This is the first China-backed wind farm in Pakistan. The project is being developed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Dawood Wind Power Project, Credit: www.cpec.gov.pk

Project Information

Project name
Dawood Wind Power Project

Type
Energy 

Location
Banbhore, Sindh Province, Pakistan

BRI Corridor
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

Current Status
The Wind Farm was completed in April 2016 and has started operation April 5th, 2017.

Start of Construction
March 2015

Chinese Involvement
Financing, Operation

Projected Total Project Costs
USD 112.65 million

Capacity
The plant will produce 49.5 megawatts of electricity upon completion and consists of 33 wind turbines with three blades each capable of generating 1.5 MW of electricity. It meets the need of about 100,000 families in the local area. The plant can be operated for 20 years after its completion.

Electricity Pricing
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) will purchase electricity at a tariff of USD 0.1187/kWh.

Operator
HydroChina Dawood Power Limited owns 100% of the Dawood Wind Power Project.

Financing
Financial closure of the project was achieved March 27th, 2015. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) financed the project witch a credit over USD 78.8 million. The 1,720 acres of land were provided for free by the Sindh government.

Constructors
HydroChina is the constructor of the wind power plant. Turbines were sourced from China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited. The Ming Yang MY1.5MW series of wind turbines were jointly developed with the German firm Aerodyn. These wind turbines are widely used in Chinese coastal regions. Initially Goldwind, a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer, was supposed to provide the turbines but the manufacturer was changed which resulted in an amendments of the schedule. The widely use of Ming Yang wind turbines in Chinese costal regions was used as reasoning for the change in manufactures. A detailed study was conducted by Power China Xeibi Engineering Corporation in November, 2014 giving a detailed evaluation of the wind turbines.

Further Information

CPEC – China Pakistan Economic Corridor
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority – Opting for Upfront Tariff for Wind Power Projects

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