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Karachi Electric Supply Company test fires 2nd turbine of the 560 MW Bin Qasim Power Station – II flagship project

Karachi: KESC has announced today that it has successful test fired on gas, the second gas turbine of its flagship 560 MW BQPS-II power project on. The base load test also went as per the plan, paving the way for a series of other tests. After the successful synchronization of the first of the three turbines of the Bin Qasim Power Station-II in June, this is yet another major milestone achieved well within stipulated time.

Meanwhile, the first gas turbine has also successfully completed the critical load rejection test and it is now ready for the reliability and performance test runs.

To sustain the operations of this state of the art and highly efficient plant, BQ-2 requires a steady quota of 130 MMCFD gas, as earlier agreed and committed to KESC. Each of the three turbines will add approximately 115 MW to the KESC grid, which will cumulatively pool in 345 MW to KESC’s own generation capability.

While these machines will operate in an open cycle mode for now, addition of a steam turbine in the first quarter of 2012 will mark the completion of the entire project with a total of 560 MW capacity operating in combined cycle mode. The overall thermal efficiency of the station will be amongst the highest in the region for a project of this magnitude.

Staying ahead of the timelines on a fast track project is a remarkable feat, considering the odds that KESC has recently had to brave, in the form violence, operational disruption and sabotage orchestrated by the unscrupulous elements. The BQPS-II is one of the largest under construction private power plants in Pakistan, designed using proven energy efficient technology. The turbo machinery for the this plant has been procured from GE (France) and Harbin Power Engineering (China).

In addition to the BQPS II project, the present management has already completed three separate projects that have enabled addition of 450 MW capacity to the grid; The 220 MW CCPP Korangi inaugurated by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in 2010 and two gas engine based plants of 90mw each at KGTPS and SGTPS. Beyond capacity addition, major overhauls and comprehensive maintenance plans of the six generation units at Bin Qasim Power Station have brought in more than 50 additional megawatts to KESC’s existing generation capacity.

This state of the art project is based on a massive $450 Million investment, which has been financed through multi-lateral funding partnered through international financial institutions namely, Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Finance Corporation (IFC), and a syndicate of Pakistani banks comprising of National Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank Limited and Standard Chartered Bank.

For more information, contact:
Adil Murtaza
Assistant Manager, Media and PR
Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
2nd Floor, State Life Building No 11, Abdullah Haroon Road, Saddar, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9920 7163
Cell: +92346 822 3641
Email: adil.murtaza@kesc.com.pk

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