Grange Holdings power station

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Grange Holdings Power Project, also known as the Arifwala power station, is a proposed 163-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Punjab province, Pakistan.


The map below shows the location of the town of Arifwala, the approximate location of the proposed project, in Pakpattan district, Punjab province.

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In 2015, it was reported Grange Power Limited was proposing a coal plant of 163 MW in Arifwala, with a planned operation date of 2019.[1]

In June 2015, the Pakistan Private Power and Infrastructure Board approved the power station.[2] While the Pakistani government periodically stated that the project was moving forward that year, there was no news indicating that the project began construction.[3]

In October 2015, China Western Power Industrial Co. announced that it planned to become the controlling shareholder of Pakistan's Grange Power Limited through an investment of US$29.58 million to gain a 51 percent share.[4]

Starting in 2016, the Grange Power website did not list a 163 MW coal plant in Arifwala among its projects, but instead a 220 MW coal plant in Chishtian, 100 km south in Bahawalnagar district, Punjab Province. According to the website, the "Project has been offered as an Independent Power Project (IPP) by Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) Ministry of Water and Power Government of Pakistan." The plant will run on Imported Coal for 30 years, and the EPC contract is from China.[5] However, there are no external sources verifying plans for this plant.

In October 2016, the 163 MW Arifwala project was still listed among the "Upcoming IPPs" list of the Ministry of Water & Power.[6] The project was reportedly issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) / Notice to Proceed (NTP) for fast-track development.[7]

In April 2018, in Dubai, Grange Power and China Energy Engineering Corporation signed an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for the plant's construction.[8][9]

According to the Pakistan Ministry of Energy's December 12, 2019, update, the plant's "Notice for Guarantee Encashment [is] under litigation".[10] The December 4, 2020, update no longer listed the plant.[11] Pakistan’s Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan 2021-30 approved by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority in September 2021 also did not appear to list the project.[12]

The project appears to be shelved or cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Grange Power Limited
  • Parent company: China Western Power Industrial Co.
  • Location: Arifwala tehsil, Pakpattan district, Punjab province, Pakistan
  • Coordinates: 30.2851947, 73.0623435 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 163 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Upcoming," Pakistan Private Power and Infrastructure Board, updated June 16, 2015
  2. "Chinese company to set up 1,400MW coal power project," Daily Times, June 17, 2015
  3. "Seven Power Projects in Pakistan to reach Financial Close," Today in Pakistan, September 18, 2015
  4. "China West Power to increase equity in Pakistan Grange Power Limited," ChinaGoAbroad, October 12, 2015
  5. "Projects," Grange Holdings, accessed December 2017
  6. "Upcoming IPPs," Private Power & Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Power, accessed October 10, 2016
  7. "Workshop on Challenges and Prospects for Regional," UNECE, October 18, 2016
  8. "Another breakthrough of overseas EPC general contract projects: The general contract project Grange Power 1×150MW coal-fired power station of Pakistan was formally signed," CEEC press release, May 3, 2018
  9. "Upcoming IPPs," Private Power & Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Power, updated December 17, 2018
  10. "Upcoming IPPs," Private Power & Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Power, updated December 12, 2019
  11. "Upcoming IPPs," Private Power & Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Power, updated December 4, 2020
  12. “Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan 2021-30,” National Transmission and Despatch Company, September 2021

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