Nishat Rahim Yar Khan power station
|This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of Pakistan and coal.|
Nishat Rahim Yar Khan power station was a proposed 660-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Punjab province, Pakistan.
The project is different from the Rahim Yar Khan power station.
The map below shows the location of Liaqatpur tehsil, the approximate location of the proposed project, in Rahim Yar Khan district, Punjab province.
In December 2016, the Nishat Group announced that it would be working together with Chinese company TBEA Xinjiang Sun Oasis Company (a subsidiary of Chinese firm TBEA) to build a single-unit, 660-MW coal-fired power plant in the Liaqatpur tehsil of Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab. The plant would run on imported coal, and was slated for completion by the fourth quarter of 2020. It would cost $956 million, and would be included under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Punjab Power Development Board had approved the consortium, a letter of intent had been obtained from the Chinese Development Bank, and a feasibility study was underway. Nishat had also hired ENERGEN Infra (Mauritius) Limited to act as an advisor in choosing a Chinese firm for the plant's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract.
In July 2016, the ministry asked the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) to stop issuing Letter of Intent to new imported fuel-based power plants except for the projects mutually agreed upon by Pakistan and China or those listed in the CPEC programme. It was predicted the move would harm or halt three 660-megawatt projects, including the proposed Nishat Rahim Yar Khan power station. In 2017, the government signaled it wanted to restart work on an imported coal-fired power project in Rahim Yar Khan and place it on the CPEC list, but this appeared focused on the separate Rahim Yar Khan power station.
In November 2017, the Pakistan National Electric Power and Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) rejected the application of Nishat Energy Limited for a generation license for its proposed 660 MW imported coal power plant in Rahim Yar Khan.
It is unclear if Nishat Energy continued to pursue the project or not. Given the lack of known progress since late 2016, the project appears to be shelved or abandoned.
- Sponsor: Nishat Energy Limited
- Parent company: Nishat Group (30%), TBEA (70%)
- Location: Liaqatpur tehsil, Rahim Yar Khan district, Punjab province, Pakistan
- Coordinates: 28.935, 70.941 (approximate)
- Status: Cancelled
- Capacity: 660 MW (single-unit)
- Type: Supercritical
- Projected in service:
- Coal Type:
- Coal Source: Imported
- Source of financing:
Articles and resources
- "Nishat Energy finds Chinese partner to set up power plant on imported coal," The Express Tribune, December 11, 2016
- "Nishat to develop 660MW coal power plant under CPEC," Daily Times, December 7, 2016
- "Govt to lift ban on imported fuel-based power plants," The Express Tribune, May 13, 2017
- "NEPRA rejects application of Nishat Energy to establish coal-fired power plant," Profit, November 2, 2017