CK Solar Korea has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Balochistan to install a 300MW solar power plant near Quetta, Pakistan.

The proposed cost of the solar power plant, which is said to be worth about $900m, is expected to be completed by 2016.

Commenting on the project, Balochistan Energy Secretary Fuad Hashim Rabbani said that the government provided 1,500 acres of land in Khuchlak and Pishin on lease for the project which is expected to offset the scarcity of electricity in the region.

The government has outlined plans to deploy 20 solar powered water pumps in 10 districts of Balochistan for water supply schemes, added Rabbani.

In addition, Loralai-DG Khan 220KV and Dadu-Khuzdar 220KV power supply lines are scheduled for completion in 2014.