American multinational conglomerate corporation General Electric Co. (GE) has been contracted to supply turbines for the largest operational wind farm in Pakistan’s Sindh province. The company will also operate and maintain the wind farm for 10 years.
Located in Jhimpir and due to go online next year, the three-part wind farm site is owned by Pakistani industrial conglomerate Sapphire Group. To aid the provision and installation of the project, the group set up Tricon Boston Consulting, a subsidiary of the group established to develop, own and operate wind farms in Sindh.
The project will help fulfill the government’s target of increasing the proportion of indigenous sources of power generation to more than 50% by 2025.
The US Agency for International Development and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates Pakistan currently has more than 132 GW of wind energy capacity.
Dr. Manar Al Moneef, CEO of renewable energy at GE Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said the company is committed to supporting the Pakistani government meet its goals of providing reliable power to improve the lives of its people.
She said wind power generation is an affordable and environmental-friendly solution that benefits from a short implementation cycle that delivers quick returns for the investment. GE wants to help Pakistan increase and sustain its installed renewable energy capacity and annual wind additions, she added.