Hubco Thar Block II minemouth power station

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Hubco Thar Block II minemouth power station is a proposed coal plant in Pakistan.

It is also known as unit 4 of the Thar Engro power station.


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

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Background: Phase I (Thar Engro)

Blocks in Thar coal field. Photo: Oracle Coalfields

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) accepted a generation license application from Thar Energy Limited (TEL) for a 330 MW mine-mount plant located in Thar Block II. The project is estimated at US$497.7 million. It will be financed mainly by debt raised from Chinese financial institutions, with the remainder raised from Pakistani banks.[1] The project was permitted in May 2016.[2] The Private Power and Infrastructure Board issued a letter of support for the project in December 2016.[3]

In March 2017, Fauji Fertilizer Company, a subsidiary of the Fauji Foundation, took a 30% share in the project, and China Machinery Engineering Corporation, the project's engineering, procurement, and constructor (EPC) contractor, took another 10%. The construction schedule is 40 months, with completion thus planned for 2020. Initial groundwork on the project had already begun.[4][5]

In March 2018, Hubco, FFC, and CMEC signed the shareholders agreement. Financial close of the project is expected in June 2018, and commercial production in 2021.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor (Phase I): Thar Energy Limited (TEL)
  • Parent company (Phase I): Hub Power Company (Hubco) (60%), Fauji Foundation (30%), and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (10%)
  • Location: Thar Block-II, southeast of Singhara in Thatta district, Sindh province
  • Coordinates: 24.776, 70.4 (approximate)
  • Status: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: 330 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service: 2021
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Thar Block II
  • Source of financing: China Development Bank (CDB), Habib Bank[7]

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