K-Electric has signed a Joint Development Agreement with Chinese’s firms for the development of 700MW coal-fired power project in Karachi.

The K-Electric (KE) spokesperson said that the power company has entered into a binding tripartite Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with China Datang Overseas Investment Company (CDTO) and China Machinery Company (CMEC), for the development of a 700MW (2x350 MW) coal fired power project at Port Qasim, Karachi.

The agreement further consolidated the understanding reached between the three parties earlier this year. Considerable progress had been made on the project during the last few months. The agreement was a major step forward towards the finalisation of the flagship project. The project aims to bring investment of over $l billion into Pakistan. This would not only help the country in diversifying the fuel mix but also lower the generation cost benefiting the end consumer.

The spokesperson said that CEO KE Tayyab Tareen along with the senior management received the delegation from CDTO and CMEC which included the President of CDTO Duan Zhongmin and Vice President of CMEC Wang Tianyi.

Sharing his thoughts, KE CEO, Tayyab Tareen said, “It gives us immense pleasure to join hands with companies like CDTO and CMEC for the development of this project of critical importance. KE is developing new generation projects at highest priority. This particular project will go a long way in addressing the power needs of the country, specifically the people of Karachi.”

Duan Zhongmin, President CDTO stated, “As one of the largest Chinese power generation groups, China Datang shall always attach great importance to the power sector development of Pakistan. China Datang shall be fully committed to work closely with CMEC and K-Electric towards the completion of Port Qasim 2x350MW Coal-fired Power Plant in a timely manner, which shall contribute to the solution of energy shortage, to boost the economy, and to serve the people of Karachi”.

Wang Tianyi, Vice President of CMEC stated that being in Pakistan for more than 30 years, CMEC has always been devoting itself in improving the energy infrastructure of Pakistan. We, as a shareholder and EPC contractor, are highly optimistic to deliver a best-in-class power plant in a timely manner for the people and the prosperous of the city of Karachi.

CDTO is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Datang Corporation (CDT), a Fortune 500 listed company with approximately 120,000MW under its portfolio. The company specialises in providing technical and professional expertise in power production, particularly in power-related coal mine development.

CMEC is a renowned engineering contractor specialising in construction of power projects in generation, transmission and distribution sectors. The Company has an established footprint in Pakistan, having been involved in various power projects including the Jamshoro and Muzzafargarh thermal power plants and the Neelum Jhelum Hydro power project .