Construction work for the power plant has already started and the facility is expected to be begin commercial operations in 2019. The engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project has been awarded to Northwest Electric Power Design Institute (NWEPDI) and Tianjin Electric Power Construction Company (TEPC).

GE’s supply for the project will include two units each of supercritical steam turbines, boilers and generators.

China Power Hub Generation is a joint venture between China Power International Holdings (CPIH) and Pakistan’s Hub Power (HubCo).

The JV is an infrastructure venture being supported by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a large development megaproject that aims to connect Port Gwadar in southern Pakistan to Xinjiang, China’s northwestern autonomous region, through transportation and energy networks.

The project is expected to support the Government of Pakistan’s vision to increase electricity supply from 67% to 90% by year 2025.

NWEPDI-TEPC Consortium general manager Zengqiang Liu said: “We are proud to be the equipment, procurement and construction (EPC) partner for the CPHGC project, which will feed the Pakistani national grid, to the benefit of all sections of the community – households, cities, villages and industry.

“We decided to opt for GE’s technologies because of their global expertise in manufacturing key equipment for coal-fired power plants and their proven track record in Pakistan.”

GE’s Steam Power Systems business in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey (MENAT) commercial general manager Sacha Parneix said: “With the sixth largest population in the world, Pakistan’s energy needs are large and growing.

“Coal presents an opportunity to expand the alternative energy base in the country and reduce the per megawatt-hour costs of power generation. GE’s advanced solutions, based on modern supercritical technology, can support the utilization of this resource to provide efficient and reliable power at very competitive costs.”

GE Pakistan and Central Asia region president & CEO Sarim Sheikh said: “Meeting Pakistan’s growing energy needs will require efforts to draw on resources from across the energy mix, including coal, gas, oil, wind, hydro and other sources.

“GE is proud to work together with its partners and customers in the country and beyond to help utilize these different resources to secure Pakistan’s energy future.”