Karachi, Pakistan, April 25, 2014—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has helped a new low-cost power plant
begin operations, saving Pakistan’s power sector hundreds of millions
of dollars and cutting the country’s energy deficit.
IFC contributed the largest foreign investment to the Pakistan power sector
in the past 15 years to help build the Uch-II plant, which was inaugurated
today. Uch-II is a gas-fired plant that will produce electricity well below
the average cost of thermal generation, providing annual savings of around
$300 million and generating enough electricity to supply six million people.
“The commencement of the Uch-II project’s commercial operations will
help reduce Pakistan’s electricity shortage and provide a much-needed
energy mix,” said Rodak Ali Iqbal, Chief Executive of Uch-II Power. “By
using indigenous gas as primary fuel, we are converting a low-value, nearly
non-marketable resource into a valuable form of energy.”
With a capacity of 404 megawatts, the power plant is expected to meet up
to three percent of the country’s annual electricity needs, generating
2,500 gigawatt hours per year. The plant is operated by Uch-II Power, a
special purpose vehicle owned by GDF Suez, a leading developer, owner,
and operator of power plants across the globe and the largest private sector
player in Pakistan’s power sector.
“Pakistan’s energy deficit is a major constraint to economic and industrial
development,” said Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC Regional Director for the Middle
East and North Africa. “This new plant demonstrates that supporting infrastructure
development can help meet the growing demand for power and boost economic
IFC has been one of the largest supporters of private power projects in
Pakistan since 1994, financing seven independent power producers including
the Uch-I power plant and K-Electric, Pakistan’s only private and vertically-integrated
distribution company. This has increased power generation and improved
energy access for approximately 12 million people. This project is part
of the Pakistan Power Initiative, a coordinated World Bank Group program
aimed at reducing Pakistan’s power deficit through diversified investments
in low-cost power projects to replace imported, fuel oil-based generation.
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