Bin Qasim power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bin Qasim power station is a fuel oil power plant in Bin Qasim Town, Malir, Sindh province, Pakistan. Plans to repower Units 3 & 4 of the plant to use coal rather than fuel oil have been cancelled.

There are also plans for a new 900 MW gas plant, called Bin Qasim-3 power station.


The map below shows the location of the plant. A new combined cycle generation plant is located immediately to the south, the 560 MW Bin Qasim Power Plant-2.

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Background on repowering project

According to Wikipedia, K-Electric is collaborating with Bright Eagle Enterprise, a Hong Kong based company, to convert Units 3 & 4 of the 1260 MW Bin Qasim power station I from residual fuel oil to coal under a Joint Development Agreement.[1]

In July 2014 it was reported the project had been granted environmental clearance, and was 420 MW.[2]

As of 2015, the project was being pursued by K-Energy, a separate company from K-Electric. K-Energy was granted a generation license for the repower project by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority in March 2015.[3]

K-Energy signed a contract with Harbin Electric of China in 2013, under which Harbin will construct coal-fired boilers for the two units of Bin Qasim. K-Energy said that work on the US$400 million project is set to begin and would take two-and-a-half years.[4]

In February 2016, K-Electric rejected the 30-year power pricing tariff that had been set by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, stating that NEPRA's tariff level "may render the project unviable." Regulatory filings indicated that the project's cost had inflated to $624 million.[5][6]

In 2017 K-Electric said it was planning a 2 x 450 MW plant run on LNG at the site, to replace the 420 MW oil plant. Plans for coal are not mentioned.[7]

Since 2016 K-Electric has abandoned the repowering project, given that K-Energy (again, a separate company from K-Electric, and the company to whom K-Electric had leased Units 3 & 4 for the repower project) has not made any progress in pursuing the project. In February 2018, NEPRA revoked K-Energy's 2015 permit for the repower, and restored K-Electric's permit for ongoing use of Units 3 & 4 using fuel oil.[3]


In October 2016 Abraaj Group agreed to sell its stake in K-Electric, Pakistan’s largest power utility, for US$1.77 billion to Shanghai Electric Power (SEP) of China. SEP will acquire a 66.4 per cent stake in K-Electric.[8][9]

Project details for Units 3 & 4 repowering project

  • Sponsor: K-Electric (formerly Karachi Electric Supply Company)
  • Parent company: Shanghai Electric Power, Government of Pakistan
  • Location: Bin Qasim Town, Malir, Sindh province, Pakistan
  • Coordinates: 24.7848644, 67.3603052 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 420 MW (Units 3 & 4: 210 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Subcritical[6]
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "K-Electric," Wikipedia, accessed August 2014
  2. Faiza Ilyas, "Sepa ignores environmental concerns, approves coal power projects,", July 07, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Order of the Authority in the Matter of Suo-Moto Review Proceedings Regarding Generation Licence of K-Energy (Pvt.) Limited and Licensee Proposed Modification-V in the Generation Licence of K-Electric Limited, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, February 2018.
  4. Diarmaid Williams, "Bin Qasim Power Station to undergo $400m coal-fired power conversion," Power Engineering International, 19 March 2015
  5. K-Energy rejects tariff for coal power generation, The News, 13 Feb. 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Determination of the Authority in the Matter of Tariff Petition filed by K-Energy (Pvt.) Ltd. (KEPL) for Determination of Tariff for 421.909 MW (Gross) Coal Conversion Project of Unit 3 & 4 of Bin Qasim Power Station — I at Bin Qasim, Karachi, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, 9 Dec. 2015.
  7. "K-Electric plans to install 900MW LNG power plant," The News, Apr 30, 2017
  8. "Shanghai Electric to pay US$1.77b for Pakistan’s K-Electric," Asia Times, Oct 31, 2016
  9. Crofts, Dale (2016-10-30). "Shanghai Electric to Pay $1.8 Billion for Stake in K-Electric". Retrieved 2016-11-06.

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