The Punjab Government has set its sight on developing the largest wind farm in Pakistan by the name of Quaid e Azam Wind Park. The construction of Quaid e Azam Wind Park will begin towards the end of 2018. At this stage, the project is targeting 250MW of electricity however, that may later be increased to 1,000MW as is the case with the solar park. Quaid e Azam Wind Park has been proposed for construction in the southwest of the province of Punjab. The potential for four 250MW indigenous wind power projects in Southwestern Punjab was first identified by Vestas Wind Systems A/S using the Site Hunt Technology.
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Vestas Wind Systems, based in Aarhus, Denmark, is now actively helping Punjab government obtain a finance of $2.2 billion for the four proposed wind farms. If the finance is successfully obtained, Quaid e Azam Wind Park should end up with a total capacity of 1,000MW. Vestas Wind Systems has already signed a letter of intent with Punjab’s chief minister to build the first 250MW stage of the Quaid e Azam Wind Park according to a statement issued by the Danish embassy. This deal is an active part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to bring the country of massive blackouts it has suffered for the longest of times, significantly hurting the economy, and halting growth and development. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Pakistan primarily relies on fossil fuels for almost all of its energy needs. Jesper Moller Sorensen, political director and the Danish embassy said,
This project will contribute greatly to overcoming Punjab’s energy shortage. The government of Denmark stands ready to support the Punjab government with building further capacity and expertise in the field of renewable energy.
Pakistan currently produces 308MW of wind-energy through six different projects in the Sindh province. The federal and provincial governments have commissioned eight additional projects (out of a total 21 planned) that may increase the generation capacity to 800MW. If the finance for Quaid e Azam Wind Park is obtained, and the project does indeed reach the 1,000MW, Pakistan will be well on its way to have a certain reliance on renewable energy resources which is the future.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.