ISLAMABAD - Asif Zardari will inaugurate the first gas fired rental power plant of 51MW at Naudero, Larkana on Sunday. The rental contract of the Walter Power International was earlier signed on 4th June, 2009. According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Water and Power, the plant is technically designed to operate on gas turbine generating units with 92 percent power availability factor. The plant has been assured 12mmcfd gas for five year through PEPCOs generation company-II, and an SSGC gas transmission pipeline has been linked to the said RPP besides laying of 132 KV transmission line to connect the power to the national grid. The ECC, in its earlier meeting held on 21.08.2009, approved the said project followed by tariff approval from NEPRA within the prescribed period. Walter Power Internationals 51 MW Rental Power Plant Naudero-1 has been completed at a cost of US $ 91.65 millions. This plant soon shall be upgraded by addition of another 50 MW, which would help improve power shortage in sizeable areas of Sindh province. The plant is to be run on natural gas and its construction has been completed over a period of six months after completion of contract obligations by PEPCO. The plant not only is capable to supply power for over 250 medium sized industries but also would ensure creation of over 100 jobs for technical, skilled and un-skilled personnel of the area. What could satisfy the people of the area is that it would meet 2500 agri tubewells power need which are designed to irrigate 75000 acres of land that produces 1.2 million tones of wheat and rice besides ensuring stable power to over 1000 average sized villages in the area. The press note has said that it is hoped that all Rental Power Plants in the country duly approved by the Cabinet and endorsed by Asian Development Bank audit report will finally achieve the same level of efficiency as IPPs and the Government may, as a policy, consider converting them into IPPs if they meet the efficiency, affordability and availability criteria.