Kapco power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Kapco power station was a proposed 660-megawatt (MW) imported coal plant in Punjab province, Pakistan.


The map below shows the location of Sheikhupura, the approximate location of the proposed project.

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The Punjab government ordered a survey of four pieces of land for installation of two 660 MW coal-fired power projects. Following a survey, two pieces of land were selected for the purpose and were acquired: one at Mauza Rao Bela Sharki for the Kapco power station and the other at Mauza Gujrat in Kot Addu tehsil for China Machinery Engineering Corporation's Mahmoodkot power station.[1]

In August 2015, Kapco said the feasibility study for the new project was underway, and the estimated cost was around US$1 billion.[2]

An October 2016 news article in Dawn suggested the project, along with the Mahmoodkot power station, may be cancelled due to local opposition: "DCO Hafiz Shaukat Ali said the district government had so far not been officially informed about the cancellation of the projects. However, celebrations among the people are already under way."[3]

Later in October 2016 it was reported that Kapco was having problems carrying out its privatization plans. Problems included doubts over whether Kapco management would add the 660 MW Kapco coal plant, "as market perception was that the project had been put on hold" due to a change in policy from using imported to domestic coal.[4]

In September 2017, it was reported the project had been put on hold after a shift in the government’s stance toward LNG-based energy production.[5]

In mid-March 2018, Kapco confirmed that the project had been dropped following the government's ban on new imported coal projects. Kapco's Chief Financial Officer, Mr M. Mohtashim Aftab, said it wouldn't be viable to convert the plant from relying on imported coal to transporting lignite from Thar to Muzaffargarh.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Sheikhupura, Sheikhupura district, Punjab province, Pakistan
  • Coordinates: 31.715, 73.985 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 660 MW
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