Lakhra mine-to-mouth power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Lakhra mine-to-mouth power station was a proposed 450-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Sindh province, Pakistan.


The map below shows the area of the Lakhra coal mines, in Jamshoro district, Sindh province. The coal plant would have been a mine-to-mouth coal plant located in this area.

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In 1995-96, the Lakhra Coal Development Company (LCDC) leased out mining to the Smith Cogeneration Management Inc., USA, in a joint venture with the Associated Group of Lahore, to set up an integrated coal mining-cum-power generation project of 450 MW capacity. However, they failed to even deliver a bankable feasibility report.[1]

The project was listed in a 2004 government report, which confirms it has been inactive or defunct for quite a while.[2]

According to Smith Cogeneration's website, the company was developing the 450 MW mine-mouth coal-fired power plant based upon indigenous lignite coal. The facility would have been Pakistan's first power plant based upon an indigenous commercially operational coal mine. Smith received a Letter of Intent for the project and was expecting a Letter of Support pending review by the government of Pakistan. However, the project has been listed as "inactive" on the website since at least 2015.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Smith Cogeneration
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Port Qasim, Karachi, Sindh province, Pakistan
  • Coordinates: 25.714, 68.141 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 450 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Mine-mouth
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Lakhra coal for power generation," Dawn, March 30, 2015
  2. "Pakistan Coal Power Generation Potential," Pakistan Private Power & Infrastructure Board, June 2004
  3. "450 MW Coal-Fired Power Plant (inactive)," Smith Cogeneration website, accessed March 2015 and June 2021

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