Sand storms with wind speeds of 30 m/s followed by heavy rain and hail are just some of the conditions under which Nordex installed Jhimpir, its first wind farm in Pakistan with 33, 1.5-MW turbines. The investor in the project, located 100 km north-east of Karachi, is fertiliser producer Fauji (FFC Energy Limited). With the completion of Jhimpir, Nordex now holds 52% of the country’s market. In addition, it has signed contracts for further wind farms each comprising 20, N100/2500 turbines with a total output of 250 MW. The next two projects are about to commence (early 2013) with two more to launch later.
On Dec 24, 2012, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari inaugurated the first Nordex wind farm in Pakistan. Before, developers and investors watched closely to see how the first major wind-power project progressed and were impressed, says Nordex, by the fact that it completed ahead of schedule despite extreme weather conditions.
Blackouts are common in the country, an indicator that its electricity industry can no longer meet its growing demand for power. The project will enjoy a fixed feed-in remuneration of about $0.1466/kWh for 20 years, providing an attractive market for investors.