Pakistan Utility Signs Contract with GE Energy
Delivering on a commitment to reduce the number of rolling blackouts in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, the new management of the utility Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC) has ordered 64 of GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engines to supply 180MW of urgently needed power to the local grid. The milestone contract was signed November 22.
Karachi has been facing an average daily shortage of 500MW in electricity, forcing KESC to impose rolling blackouts called “load shedding” to prevent the city’s grid from being further overwhelmed. To reduce the need for load shedding during the daytime, KESC is installing 64 of GE’s J620 natural gas-fueled engines in two power plants at separate sites in Karachi, where the engines will replace existing, outdated turbines.
The first 90-MW phase of the “Fast Track Gas Engine Power Plant” project is expected to begin delivering urgently needed power by June 2009 as KESC is committed to quickly improve electricity conditions in the city. The second 90-MW phase will also enter service in mid-2009.
KESC is the only vertically integrated power utility in Pakistan, working in the areas of generation, transmission and distribution to serve the electricity needs of Karachi and its surrounding areas, with a customer base of 2.2 million. The utility’s new management said it will demonstrate its commitment to improve service as quickly as possible through positive results.
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