Muzaffargarh power station
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Muzaffargarh power station is a 1,350-megawatt (MW) fuel oil- and gas-fired power station in Punjab province, Pakistan.
There have been discussions of converting the plant to coal that have been dropped.
The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Muzaffargarh
The power station consists of the following units: three units of 210 MW each, two of 200 MW each, and one of 320 MW. They were completed between 1993 and 1997, and are fueled by natural gas and fuel oil. The power station is owned and operated by state-owned Northern Power Generation Company Limited (GENCO-III).
In July 2013 Pakistan officials sources said it was planning for the conversion of existing furnace oil-based plants at Muzaffargarh to "lower cost" imported coal. The sources said the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had already refused to fund the conversion of the plant, but in August 2015 Russia's Development and ‘Technopromexport’ (TPE) expressed interest in the project.
However, as of August 2015 there has been no further developments on the conversion, but talks of new coal plants in Muzaffargarh through Chinese assistance: Mahmoodkot power station and Mouza Saddan Wali power station.
A March 2016 USAID factsheet stated that USAID was working with the Pakistani government on rehabilitation of the Muzaffargarh power plant; the factsheet does not mention anything about conversion to coal.
In May 2017, Pakistan and China announced that this project was being dropped from the CPEC Energy Cooperation Project.
- Sponsor: Northern Power Generation Company Limited (GENCO-III)
- Parent company: Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
- Location: Muzaffargarh, Muzaffargarh district, Punjab province, Pakistan
- Coordinates: 30.1055586, 71.1638546 (exact)
- Status: Operating
- Gross generating capacity (operating): 1350 MW 
- Unit 1-1: Gas- and fuel oil-fired steam turbine, 210 MW (start-up in 1993)
- Unit 1-2: Gas- and fuel oil-fired steam turbine, 210 MW (start-up in 1994)
- Unit 1-3: Gas- and fuel oil-fired steam turbine, 210 MW (start-up in 1995)
- Unit 2-1: Gas- and fuel oil-fired steam turbine, 200 MW (start-up in 1995)
- Unit 2-2: Gas- and fuel oil-fired steam turbine, 200 MW (start-up in 1995)
- Unit 4: Gas- and fuel oil-fired steam turbine, 320 MW (start-up in 1997)
- Coal Type:
- Coal Source: Imported
- Source of financing: Russia
Articles and resources
- State of Industry Report 2020, Pakistan National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA)
- Internship Report, Northern Power Generation Company, May 21, 2014
- " Govt plans 9,800 MW with coal in three years," The News, July 30, 2015
- "$1bn assistance: Russia to help rehabilitate PS," Dwn, Aug 2, 2013
- Muzaffargarh Power Station Project, USAID factsheet, Mar. 2016.
- Pakistan, China drop 5 CPEC energy projects, The Nation, 19 May 2017.
- Licensed Generation Companies, Pakistan National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), accessed Mar 3, 2021
- Sector Overview, Asian Development Bank, Oct 2016