Pakistan utility signs LNG deal to fuel 900MW gas plant

SGT5-4000F Gas turbine. Image credit: Siemens

Pakistani private power utility K-Electric has announced that it will acquire 150 million cubic feet per day of liquefied natural gas to fuel its 900MW power plant project at Bin Qasim.

K-Electric chief executive Moonis Alvi signed the deal with Pakistan LNG to secure a gas supply agreement. Pakistani Federal Energy Minister Muhammad Hammad Azhar was there to witness the deal.

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Alvi said in a statement: “Work on BQPS-III is progressing swiftly and this is the fastest commissioning of a project in recent times. The addition of this plant will go a long way in supporting Karachi’s continued socio-economic growth.”

Bin Qasim Power Station 3 (BQPS-III) is a 900MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant being developed in Karachi, Pakistan. It will be dual-fired with regasified LNG as the primary fuel.

The BQPS-III project is valued at close to $600 million and is expected to be completed later this year.

The CCGT plant will include two Siemens SGT5-4000F gas-fired turbines installed in two 450MW power generation units. These units 7 and 8 will be situated to replace the existing natural gas and HFO-based power units 3 and 4, according to K-Electric.

The 2019 contract for construction of BQPS-III was won by Siemens and Chinese contractor Harbin Electric. It is considered one of the largest private sector investments in Pakistan’s electric power infrastructure.

Originally published by Rod Walton on power-eng.com

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