Pakistan’s CPHGC plant goes commercial

17 December 2019

GE reports that the 2 x 660 MWe CPHGC (China Power Hub Generation Company) power plant in Pakistan has achieved commercial operation, on schedule and on budget.

The company has supplied the steam turbines, generators, and boilers under a contract, signed in 2016, with the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors Northwest Electric Power Design Institute Co Ltd (NWEPDI) and Tianjin Electric Power Construction Company (TEPC).

Construction of the CPHGC plant at Hub, a joint venture of China Power International Holding Limited (CPIH) with Pakistan’s Hub Power Company (HUBCO), began in March 2017 and synchronised to the grid three months ahead of schedule, just 27 months after the project received notice to proceed.

The project builds on a “proven track record of successful partnership between European technology and Chinese project execution”, said GE and “will help Pakistan diversify its energy mix allowing a significant reduction in the cost of electricity generation in Pakistan.”

It is one of the infrastructure ventures supported under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a large development megaproject that aims to connect Gwadar Port in southern Pakistan to Xinjiang, China’s northwestern autonomous region, through transportation and energy networks.

Zhao Yonggang, CEO, CPHGC said the project would “play a significant role in helping Pakistan to deliver on its energy mix ambitions and help to tackle the electricity shortfall that is hindering Pakistan’s progress.”

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