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FFC Energy develops 50MW wind power project

FFC Energy Limited (FFCEL) announced on Wednesday to have developed Pakistan’s first 50MW wind power project at Jhimpir, District Thatta, in Sindh, according to a statement.

“Established with an investment of $134 million, the grid interconnection facilities for this project were energised on October 30, whereby the wind farm is now connected with the national grid,” it said.

This major milestone was achieved by coordinated efforts of CPPA/NTDC, HESCO and FFCEL. The project is, thus, ready to play a revolutionary role in strengthening Pakistan’s wind power sector. Brig Tariq Izaz (Retd), project director, said, “All 33 individual wind turbine generators (WTGs) and ultimately the commissioning of the whole wind farm commenced from November 7 and FFCEL expects to begin commercial operations by mid December 2012.”

The project was kicked-off in 2009. Erection of all 33 wind turbine generators was successfully completed by July, it said, adding that by mid August, all civil, mechanical and electrical works related to the grid interconnection facility were completed.

In August, the 132kV switchyard pre-commissioning was completed and was commissioned in October, it said.

Subsequently, on November 1, a 22kV substation got commissioned, according to the statement, adding that multiple commissioning teams, foreign and local, are present at the site to complete all the remaining wind farm commissioning activities.

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