Thar SSRL power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Pakistancoal}}Thar SSRL power station, also known as the Thar Block-I power station, is a proposed 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Sindh province, Pakistan.


The map below shows the location of Islamkot, the approximate location of the proposed project, in Tharparkar district, Sindh province.

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In March 2015 it was reported that mining of the Thar coalfield would begin in May. Sino Sindh Resources Limited (SSRL) is the holder of mining lease rights in Thar Block-I, spread over 150 square kilometers. In the first phase, 6.5 million tons of coal would be produced per annual, supporting a 1,400 MW (4 x 350 MW) coal plant, the first two units of which will begin generating power in 2018.[1][2]

As part of the deal, SSRL and Shanghai Electric Corporation entered into a coal supply agreement, in which SSRL will extract coal and supply it to China Power International (CPI). Eventually, the mine is expected to reach 20 million tons per year, which will be used for additional power plants as well as for export. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) will provide US$1 billion for the mining operations. Financing for the power plant was not discussed.[1]

In June 2015 the Private Power and Infrastructure Board approved the power station, but the sponsors still need to apply for a generation license. The power station is planned to start generation in 2017-18. Shanghai Electric will be project partner of SSRL. Thar SSRL power station was among the projects included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.[3]

In May 2016, Shanghai Electric applied to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) for a generation license for a 2 x 660 MW mine-mount coal plant in Thar Block-I.[4] According to the Pakistan Private Power and Infrastructure Board in November 2016, the license has been granted and financial closure is being sought. It is planned for 2020.[5]

In January 2017, Shanghai Electric was given a generation license for the project.[6]

A December 17, 2018 updated list of "Upcoming IPPs" by the Ministry of Water & Power states the plant will be commissioned in 2022-2023, with financial close "in progress".[7]


SSRL is owned 55% by Global Mining China (GMC) and 40% by Asiapak Investments, with the remaining 5% owned by a Dubai-based company. SSRL will mine the coal for the power station,[1] while the power station will be set up by Shanghai Electric Group Company of China.[3]


Project Details

  • Sponsor: Shanghai Electric Group Company
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Islamkot, Tharparkar district, Sindh province, Pakistan
  • Coordinates: 24.697, 70.179 (approximate)
  • Status: Permitted
  • Capacity: 1320 MW (2 x 660 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service: 2022-2023
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Thar Block-I
  • Source of financing: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Munawar Hasan, "Work on $13 billion Thar coal project to begin in May," The International News, 21 March 2015
  2. "Shanghai Electric inks deal on coal-power integrated project in Pakistan," Xinhua Finance 2015-04-23
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Chinese company to set up 1,400MW coal power project," Daily Times, June 17, 2015
  4. "Shanghai Group seeks permit to make electricity from Thar coal," The International News, May 18, 2016
  5. "Upcoming IPPs," Pakistan Private Power and Infrastructure Board, accessed Nov 2016
  6. Shanghai Electric secures generation licence, The News, 7 Jan. 2017.
  7. "Upcoming IPPs," Private Power & Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Power, updated December 17, 2018

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