Siemens Gamesa has received a series of orders for eight new wind farms in Pakistan during the 2020 fiscal year, totaling 410 MW.
These projects will place the company as one of the leading players in Pakistan’s emerging market for wind energy.
The Central Asian country is rigorously developing power generation capability, fighting power blackouts. Siemens Gamesa, partner of the contractor for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), will manufacture, build and commission a total of 205 Siemens Gamesa 2.X turbines for eight projects with a combined capacity of 410 MW.
Of the eight wind farm packages, two projects are already under construction and are scheduled to be commissioned in November 2020 and February 2021, respectively.
When fully operational at the end of 2021, these eight wind farms will produce enough electricity to meet the annual needs of up to 600,000 local households with clean and affordable electricity, significantly alleviating the power shortage in Pakistan, where 40 million people do not have access to electricity.
“As a global pioneer of wind solutions, Siemens Gamesa has a track record of bringing innovative technologies to developing markets across the globe. We’re pleased with the impact and partnership we have been able to make in Pakistan.
“Renewables are at the centre of the global energy transition and will play an essential role in economic recovery post Covid-19. We’re well positioned and committed to bringing more sustainable and affordable clean energy for generations to come in Pakistan.”Enrique Pedrosa, chief regions officer of Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore business unit.
As a country heavily dependent on imported natural gas and oil for power generation, Pakistan is now promoting renewable energy sources with an emphasis on wind and solar energy, which are now the cheapest sources of energy in the country. The Government of Pakistan plans to raise the energy mix of modern renewable energy to 30 percent by 2030.