Thar: In Sindh, the 330-megawatt Thar Energy Limited Power Project Block-II is being completed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC. According to an official, the power plant would supply electricity to the national grid under a 30-year power purchase agreement.
According to APP news agency, the power plant is a 330MW mine-mouth lignite-fired power project being built by Thar Energy, which is owned by the Hub Power Company or Hubco, China Machinery Engineering Corporation or CMEC and Fauji Fertilizer Company or FFC.
Engro Thar Block II power plant and Thal Nova, two more coal-fired power stations, are also being developed in Thar Block II. Thar Block II is a coal-fired power plant in Sindh’s Tharparkar district owned by Engro. It was Pakistan’s first power station to utilise Thar’s native coal supplies.
Engro Power gen Thar or EPTL, a joint venture of Engro Power gen or EPL, CMEC, Habib Bank, and Liberty Mills, created the 660MW power plant that was part of CPEC. The Engro Thar Block II power plant began construction in April 2016. The plant’s trial operations began in July 2018, and commercial operations began in July 2019.