Recently President Asif Ali Zardari inaugurated 50MW windmill project in Jhimpir near Thatta. This plant has been set up by the Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC). It was told by Project Director Brig (retd) Tariq Aezaz that the cost of 50MW wind farm was $134 million. This is a very good investment done by Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) and it should expand or launch these type of projects more.
Project Director of this 50MW windmill project told that cost of 50 MW wind farm is $134 million. It means that if 10000 MW (7000 MW shortfall is observed in peak summer) project is installed it will cost around $2.6 billion (134 million multiplied by 20 times). $2.6 billion means around 260 billion rupees. The amount is big but if ones invested it will be the best way of producing energy. It will also help Pakistan from avoiding buying fuel for power generation.
Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) have claimed to have invested around $1 billion over the last four years in various large scale project. If KESC invests in these windmill projects, this will ensure KESC that it will not have to wait for SSGC gas and WAPDA power supply.
According to reports Pakistan possesses an estimated wind power generation capacity of over 350 GW. Pakistan is a mountainous country with considerable coastline and it very ideal location for setting up windmill projects. The initial investment of these windmills is high but after that no big investment is required. Wind power energy is also very environmental friendly which is another plus point.
Because of this windmill energy unit price of electricity will do down by a big margin. This will also help consumer from all over Pakistan in a big way. I hope that when the next government will come after general elections it will invest in this windmill projects and will take Pakistan out of power crisis.