KARACHI - Board of Investment (BOI) in collaboration with Zorlu Enerji Pakistan has started the 1.2 MW electricity generation through first wind mill. Murat Sungur Bursa, CEO of Zorlu-Enerji chaired the occasion while Arif Elahi, Director General, BOI Karachi, Mehbbob Haq, Investment Advisor, BOI, Muslim Abbassi COO, Provincial committee on investment and Nazir Ahmed Soomro, Director AEDB were also present. Zorlu Energy Group is a Turkish company that has successfully completed the erection of the first wind turbine in Pakistan on Dec 3, with a capacity of 1.2 MW in Jamphir, Sindh. After the completion of first phase by Jan 2009, the project will provide electricity to 60 thousand households. The plant will reach a capacity of 50 MW in the second phase with plans to increase the capacity up to 300 MW. Zorlu will then be providing electricity comparable to the generation capacity of the Knapp, nuclear plant in Pakistan. The project will provide totally green, renewable and indigenous resource. Zorlu Energy signed an agreement with the Pakistani Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) in 2006 to establish a wind farm in Pakistan. In consideration of the current power crunch the country is facing the alternate energy resources are to be exploited to attain sustainable growth. Arif Elahi, Director General BOI, Karachi said that as part of its first phase ZEPL has commissioned one turbine with a capacity of 1.2 MW and the other four turbines will be commissioned by end of December 2008 hence providing 6 MW of energy for the first phase. The second phase will include installation of 29 turbines with a capacity of 44 MW that is expected to be completed till December 2009. The power generated from the first phase would be evacuated to the Jhimpir Grid Station by HESCO. All the equipment for the first phase of 6 MW including the towers, rotors, transformers and other auxiliary equipment has been transported to the site. Elahi said that despite global economic uncertainties and turnaround Pakistan's economy has been able to attract a FDI of US$ 1.321 Billion in the current fiscal year (Jul- Oct) reflecting investor confidence. The CEO of Zorlu assured his company's commitment to contribute to Pakistan's national development while maintaining the highest level of customer satisfaction with a professional approach focused on a dynamic and flexible structure, and continuously providing high-quality service.