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German Wind Turbine Maker Nordex Secures Another Order From Pakistan

Nordex is rapidly expanding its footprint in the emerging wind energy market of Pakistan as it lands order after order to supply turbines to several companies.

Gul Ahmed Energy, a wind energy project developer in Pakistan, recently placed its first order for wind turbines with Nordex. The German company will supply turbines equivalent to 50 MW capacity for a project that will come up in the Sindh.

Nordex has significant experience in working in the Pakistan market and claims to be the leading supplier of wind turbines in the country. The company secured its first order for 50 MW turbines in 2010 from a subsidiary of Fauji Foundation. The turbines were supplied to the Jhampir wind energy project owned by FFC Energy Limited. The project was set at a total cost of $133.5 million and achieved commercial operation in May 2013. FFC Energy sells power from the project at US¢15.33 per kWh.

Two other companies — Yunus Energy and Metro Power — also placed orders for 100 MW each earlier this year. Both the companies will develop the projects in the Sindh Province, right across the border from the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, both of which are among the leading wind energy states in India.

Wind energy is among the most rapidly growing power generation sectors in Pakistan, which has been grappling with a mismatch in power demand and supply. The government is now looking to significantly boost development of renewable energy projects, as the country’s gestation period for such projects is low. Pakistan has been working with several Chinese companies, including China Three Gorges Corporation and Ming Yang Wind Power, to develop wind energy assets.

 
 
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Smiti works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.

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