Minister for Industries & Production Visits KE’s Bin Qasim Power Station 3

Minister for Industries & Production Visits KE’s Bin Qasim Power Station 3

Minister reviews progress on 900 MW RLNG Mega-Project for Karachi

Karachi, 9th September 2021: Honorable Minister for Industries and Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar today met with KE’s Senior Management at the company’s Bin Qasim Power Complex to review the progress on K-Electric’s mega-project Bin Qasim Power Station 3 (BQPS-III), which will add 900 MW to K-Electric’s generation capacity and bolster the future of Karachi’s growth.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, 900 MW plant is being built at an estimated cost of around USD 650 million to generate clean and reliable energy for Karachi. Upon completion, the power plant will be among the top 5 most efficient plants in the country. Work on the first unit of 450 MW is 90 percent complete while the second phase of 450 MW is also proceeding swiftly.

Honorable Minister appreciated K-Electric’s efforts to make sustained investments for Karachi’s betterment. He said, “Karachi is an industrial hub for the country and the focus of my visit was to see the progress across sectors. It is encouraging to see the progressive vision that is driving KE’s efforts. Industries are the engine of our economy and the Government is committed to supporting their growth through enabling policies. There is tremendous potential for investment in Pakistan, and a robust utility supply is integral to achieving this. The addition of 900 MW for Karachi is a gift to the people and the industries here, and it would be a great honor for the plant to be formally inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister upon its completion.”

Growth in power demand in KE’s service area is expected to remain above 5% and KE expects over 700 MW of new connections in next 2 years, with more than half in the industrial segment. Construction works on BQPS-III plant started in December 2019 and work is progressing on a fast-track basis for completion of the plant to keep pace with the demand growth of the city. In August 2021, K-Electric entered into a Gas Supply Agreement (GSA) with Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL) for the provision of 150 mmcfd RLNG to KE’s Bin Qasim Complex in the presence of Honorable Minister of Energy Hammad Azhar and SAPM Tabish Gauhar. The GSA is the first of its kind where a government entity is directly providing gas to a private entity, and testifies to the Government’s commitment towards Karachi.

CEO K-Electric Moonis Alvi also thanked the Honorable Minister for his visit, commenting “BQPS-III is a collaboration between several stakeholders on both the engineering and financing side, which demonstrates the vision we all share for the prosperous future of our city, and for our country. A stable, safe, and consistent supply of energy is crucial to sustaining continued development in Karachi, and KE is proud to be leading this effort for its customers. We appreciate the support of the Federal Government and associated Ministries and look forward to embarking on a new era of progress and prosperity.”

At the same time, K-Electric has been working closely with the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders to establish new interconnections and grids at key locations which would enable Karachi to receive additional power from the National Grid, taking the total drawl from National Grid to 2,050 MW, which will cement the company’s mission to provide safe and reliable power to its growing customer base of 3.2 million and more.