330MW power project based on Thar coal in the offing

Amanullah Khan

Karachi—Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) held a public hearing on ThalNova Power Thar Private Ltd (TNPTL) 330 MV coal based power plant on Thursday. Public hearing was headed by Director General SEPA, Mr. Naeem Mughal. SEPA’s Deputy Director Technical Imran Sabir, Dr. Ahmad Hussain, Professor of Mechanical Engineering NED University and COO TNPTL Zulfiqar Ali Rana were also present at the occasion. The representatives of TNPTL gave a detailed presentation on the project . TNPTL intends to build a 330 MW power plant based on Thar lignite coal and shall be located at the power park site within Block II, Thar Coalfields, District Tharparkar, in Sindh. The project will contribute 330MW of cheaper electricity annually into the National Grid under a 30 year PPA with NTDC. The Power project shall use CFB (Circular Fluidized Bed) technology with a target efficiency of 37%. The coal plant being procured for this project is State of the Art and will have a sub-critical boiler. CFB technology is considered one of the best technologies to control SOX levels.
Latest global coal technologies and equipments are being used to ensure minimal emissions levels. Electro Static Precipitators (ESPs) are installed to control particulate matter emissions.
TNPTL is employing all these technologies and will spend approximately 10% of project cost on these pollution control technologies. A detailed Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) has been carried by Hagler Bailly, an international reputed firm. The site will follow all SEQS (Sindh Environment Quality Standards). TNPTL is an extension of the socially responsible businesses that reflect the DNA of its parent groups.

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