Gadani Power Park

From Global Energy Monitor

Gadani Power Park (also known as Pakistan Power Park or Gadani Energy Park) was a proposed energy complex in Gadani, Balochistan, Pakistan. The project has been cancelled.

Location

The map below shows the location of Gadani, Lasbela district, Balochistan, the approximate location of the Gadani Energy Park.

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Background

The Pakistani Government announced in August 2013 that it planned to establish a large power complex with technical and financial assistance mostly from China.[1] According to the plan, China would provide debt financing to cover 85% of the project cost, while the rest of the finances would be arranged by the government of Pakistan. The total cost of the project was PKR 144.6 billion.[2]

Ten coal units, each 660 megawatts (MW), would be constructed at Gadani Power Park. Of these, China agreed to invest in six projects, two projects would be constructed by ANC Dubai, and one project was initiated by Government of Pakistan.[3] The Ciner Group of Turkey agreed to immediately start work on a 660 MW coal power plant at Gadani.[4]

Out of the ten power plant units, two would be owned by ANC Holdings which are investing $2.5 billion, while the rest of 8 power plant units would be owned by Pakistan government and financed by the Chinese government.[5] The complex would be managed by Pakistan Power Park Management Company. The complex would also include cooling plants, conveyer belts, storage facilities, and ash disposal mechanisms. The plan also envisaged an advanced power supply system for connecting the units with the national grid.[6]

January 2015: Project cancelled

According to the Daily Times, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the cancellation of the project due to lack of expressions of interest among potential bidders. The project had been envisaged to benefit from Chinese technical and financial assistance as part of the Pak-China Economic Corridor program. However, China excluded it from the list of corridor projects. The government closed down the Pakistan Power Park Management Company and laid off the staff.[7]

February 2015: Four units survive but placed on backburner

According to a Gadani Power Park Deputy CEO Zafar Nasrullah, the Gadani power project was reduced from 10 power units to four due to financial and technical objections raised by China, and the entire project was moved to a low priority list. Nasrullah was called to provide an update to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning and Development. The project was part of US$45.6 billion in investments promised by China under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor agreement, in return for access to the Gwadar Port. Overall, the Ministry of Planning envisioned 10 power units costing US$9 billion total, plus US$4.43 for transmission lines and US$1 billion for jetty and marine-related infrastructure. Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor agreement, the four remaining Gadani units would be placed among seven projects in a second phase of development after 2018.[8]

September 2016: Project described as "abandoned"

In a September 2016 article, Hussain Ahmad Siddiqui, the ex-Chairman of the State Engineering Corporation, described Gadani Power Park as "abandoned."[9]

November 2016: Oil refinery

In November 2016, the federal government said it had decided to establish a new oil refinery on the land allotted for the 6,600-megawatt coal-based Gadani Power Park Project.[10]

May 2017: Official cancellation

In May 2017, Pakistan and China announced that the project was being dropped from the CPEC Energy Cooperation Project.[11]

Media described the project as being cancelled "after a lot of fanfare, publicity, and heavy expenditure incurred on the master plan, land acquisition, site development, infrastructure and deep sea jetty plans, and technical feasibility studies for the power generation projects and proposed transmission network."[12]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: ANC Holdings (two units); Pakistan government (eight units)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Gadani, Lasbela district, Balochistan, Pakistan
  • Coordinates: 25.119444, 66.731944 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 6,600 MW (10 x 660 MW)
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  • Projected in service:
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  • Source of financing:

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References

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