Engro Successfully Synchronizes 330MW Power Plant on Thar Coal

It was a watershed moment in Tharparkar when electricity from the first unit was successfully pumped into the system by Engro Powergen Thar Limited (EPTL), realizing the nation’s dream of producing electricity through Thar coal.

EPTL – the majority owned company of Engro Energy Limited, tested and energized the first unit of 330MW of the combined 660MW power plant – located in Thar Block II.


The successful synchronization took place in the presence of senior officials of the Company and from China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) – the EPC contractor of the project.

The injection of the electrons produced for the very first time from Thar coal – regarded as the 7th largest coal reserve in the world with 175 billion tons of lignite coal – has redefined Pakistan’s energy landscape and secured the country’s energy future on an indigenous, native footing which will eventually relinquish Pakistan’s dependence on foreign fuel mix.

EPTL – one of the early harvest projects of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – commenced the construction of Pakistan’s first 660MW power plant after the financial close of the project in April 2016. EPTL operates as a subsidiary of Engro Energy along with other sponsors that include HBL; Liberty and China Machinery Engineering Corporation.

The synchronization of the first unit of the power plant is a considerable achievement given that the project has been constructed in a record time of under 3 years – as per schedule and projected costs, a feat in itself given the complexity of the project. EPTL power plant will utilize 3.8MTPA of coal supplied by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company as both projects achieve their commercial operations date (COD) in June 2019.

Together both the mining and power projects, managed by Engro Energy, will be able to bring average foreign exchange savings of up to USD 1.6 billion per annum thereby delivering on Company’s promise of producing electricity which is from indigenous resources; is abundantly available and is economical.

The 660 MW power plant of EPTL will use circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology to burn coal. Post-COD, the plant will evacuate 660MW of electricity through a 282-km long 500 kV Double Circuit Quad-Bundle transmission line from EPTL plant to Matiari in Sindh province. The power plant – although first for Pakistan to run on Thar coal – complies with all local environmental laws and has voluntarily adopted various international compliance standards.

  • This is a great movement. Shame on SC for disrespecting our great scientist Dr Samar Mubarak for his great effort in Thar Coal for Gasification process. Thank you sir. It’s an owner to have such heros

    • This is a great movement. Shame on SC for disrespecting our great scientist… Salute to Dr Samar Mubarak for his great effort in Thar Coal for Gasification process. Thank you sir. It’s an honour to have such heros like you

  • Shame on all those lame people who do not know that the world at large has stopped generating power from Coal while idiots here are celebrating on damaging the environment.

    Have you ever noticed why all of a sudden Spring and Autumn have vanished in Pakistan, and summer is more bitter and harsh than ever.

    • Brother we are not very industrial country. So although other countries are stopping using coal for producing power still they are emitting a lot of CO2 by other means. We were not that much contributors to the pollution. We should try to use all local resources to save our foreign reserves and produce electricity using local resources. You are right about the pollution issues but the fact is no country is going to give up on coal very soon. So keep it up.

  • Tell us more about how much they are going to charge per unit? How much government will pay them capacity charges?

  • Another great achievement of Nawaz Shareef. The project was started by him. Now nation will enjoy the fruit. But this great man who took Pakistan out of darkness is behind the bar. The history will decide a punishment for all the culprits…..the hidden enemies of Pakistan

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