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Bin Qasim power station

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Bin Qasim power station is a power plant in Bin Qasim Town, Malir, Sindh province, Pakistan. The sponsor plans to repower Units 3 & 4 of the plant to use coal rather than fuel oil.

There are also plans for a new 900 MW gas plant, called Bin Qasim-3 power station.


The map below shows the location of the plant. A new combined cycle generation plant is located immediately to the south, the 560 MW Bin Qasim Power Plant-2.

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Background on repowering project

According to Wikipedia, K-Electric is collaborating with Bright Eagle Enterprise, a Hong Kong based company, to convert Units 3 & 4 of the 1260 MW Bin Qasim power station I from residual fuel oil to coal under a Joint Development Agreement.[1]

In July 2014 it was reported the project had been granted environmental clearance, and was 420 MW.[2]

In March 2015 it was reported that the project had been granted a generation license by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority. K-Energy signed a contract with Harbin Electric of China in 2013, under which Harbin will construct coal-fired boilers for the two units of Bin Qasim. K-Energy said that work on the US$400 million project is set to begin and would take two-and-a-half years.[3]

In February 2016, K-Electric rejected the 30-year power pricing tariff that had been set by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, stating that NEPRA's tariff level "may render the project unviable." Regulatory filings indicated that the project's cost had inflated to $624 million.[4][5]

In 2017 K-Electric said it was planning a 2 x 450 MW plant run on LNG at the site, to replace the 420 MW oil plant. Plans for coal are not mentioned.[6]


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.[7][8]

Project details for repowering project

  • Sponsor: K-Electric (formerly Karachi Electric Supply Company)
  • Parent company: Shanghai Electric Power, Government of Pakistan
  • Location: Bin Qasim Town, Malir, Sindh province, Pakistan
  • Coordinates: 24.7848644, 67.3603052 (exact)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 420 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Subcritical[5]
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

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