PowerChina unit signs 100 MW EPC deal in Pakistan

The Chinese company will work with Kuwait-based PV developer, EnerTech on the project, according to an online statement. They did not disclose the financial terms of the EPC deal. The two companies signed the agreement in Beijing in December.

The solar array will be built in Quetta, in the province of Balochistan. The 100 MW site will be the first phase of a planned 700 MW rollout in the Quetta area, said PowerChina, which also recently announced an agreement to build 15 MW of rooftop PV capacity in Wuzhong, in China’s Ningxia region.

The Balochistan plans mark a significant expansion from the 500 MW solar development pipeline that EnerTech announced in 2016.

In November, Germany’s Siemens agreed to supply electrical equipment to Turkey’s Zorlu Enerji, for a 100 MW solar project that the latter company is building in Bahawalpur, in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

First Solar is supplying its thin film PV modules for the project, which will be part of the 1 GW Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park. 

In a recent report, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said that Pakistan was on track to install slightly more than 1 GW of solar capacity in 2017, up roughly 46% from the preceding year.

BNEF also said the South Asian nation had imported about US$267 million of solar equipment from Chinese suppliers up to the end of August 2017, up sharply from just $335 million throughout all of 2016.