Thar Block IV power station

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Thar Block IV power station is a proposed 660-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Sindh province, Pakistan.

The sponsors K-Electric and Harbin Electric International are also proposing the Bin Qasim power station.


The map below shows the location of Thar coalfield, the mining area where the plant will be built in Sindh province.

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In February 2014, Pakistan's K-Electric and China's Harbin Electric International (HEI) signed a Cooperation MOU for a 660 MW coal plant under a BOT (build own transfer) agreement. The plant will be operated and maintained by HEI for a limited time, and will be then transferred to K-Electric. Further details were not available.[1][2]

In June 2014 it was reported that Harbin Electric planned to establish a 660MW coal-based power plant at Thar Block IV, a coal field in the Thar Desert of Sindh province, Pakistan. The cost of the proposed power project is estimated at US$2.5 billion.[3] In 2015 it was reported that Thar Block IV had been awarded to Harbin Electric.[4]

There have been no further reports on this project, and it appears to be abandoned.


In October 2016 Abraaj Group agreed to sell its stake in K-Electric, Pakistan’s largest power utility, for US$1.77 billion to Shanghai Electric Power (SEP) of China. SEP will acquire a 66.4 per cent stake in K-Electric.[5][6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: K-Electric, Harbin Electric International
  • Parent company: Harbin Electric, Shanghai Electric Group
  • Location: Thar Block-IV, southeast of Singhara in Thatta district, Sindh province
  • Coordinates: 24.7836176, 70.3670883 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 660 MW
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Articles and resources


  1. "HEI Signs Cooperation MOU for Pakistani 660-MW Coal Fired Power Plant BOT Project with Pakistan’s K-Electric Limited," Harbin Electric International Company, 5 March 2014
  2. "K-Electric To Set-Up Pakistan’s First Ever 660 MW Green Field Coal Fired Plant With Harbin Electric," K-Electric, March 13, 2014
  3. "China to establish 660MW coal-based power plant at Thar," The Nation, June 16, 2014
  4. "CPEC an unlikely boon for Thar coal project?" Dawn, November 17, 2015
  5. "Shanghai Electric to pay US$1.77b for Pakistan’s K-Electric," Asia Times, Oct 31, 2016
  6. Crofts, Dale (2016-10-30). "Shanghai Electric to Pay $1.8 Billion for Stake in K-Electric". Retrieved 2016-11-06.

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