Pakistan plans on increasing the number wind power projects allowing for production of 1,530 MW of electricity, a substantial increase from 250 MW. Wind energy has proven to be environmentally-friendly and cheap. However, the energy-starved country could have used this technology years ago. Even still, wind power plants are gaining momentum in Pakistan especially in wake of the fact that the investment is recovered a mere three years after first installation.
It was learned that majority of this wind power projects were being installed at Gharo-Keti Bander and Hyderabad wind corridor. Officials claimed that nine power plants had already reached the advanced development stage, with another nine at an early stage of construction. The remaining four wind power plants had received letters of intent (LoIs). The officials at Minister of Water and Power estimate Pakistan’s wind-based energy potential to be close to 50,000 MW, only a fraction of which alone could rid Pakistan of the current energy crisis. The Ministry was able to identify several areas along the coastal line of Pakistan which would serve adequate for wind power plants.
Pakistan is actively pursuing energy project in order to finally put an end to the energy crisis in the country and possibly even produce a surplus. There are several power projects in the pipeline, excluding the wind power projects, most of which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018 or towards the end of 2017.
China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) has allowed for quick development and planning of several power plants throughout the country. Pakistan is still slow to take up on wind power projects given the fact that an average wind turbine takes more or less a month for a complete installation. For more insight into the installation, watch the video below by MidAmerican Energy: