K2M plays an important role in Pakistan’s fast-growing wind industry, working with local partner Ray Analytics to help developers and owners increase clean energy capacity in the country. The company’s appointment as an independent engineer will allow it to represent the local utility’s Central Power Purchasing Authority (CPPA) for the Liberty 1 and Liberty 2 wind power projects, which will have a combined capacity of 100 MW. K2M will ensure that the project meets network and network requirements as it nears completion. This was made possible by K2M’s approval to represent utilities in this way in Pakistan.
The appointment to this role follows K2M’s success as Owner’s Engineer at Artistic Milliners, where he provided comprehensive technical advice throughout the construction phase of the Artistic 50MW wind power project at Jhimpir, Pakistan. The scope of work included detailed engineering and design review, project management and site supervision during the 16 month period of the EPC. The project was recently connected to the grid in Pakistan and is among the first International Finance Corporation (IFC) funded “Super 6” projects to start commercial operations.
These projects are an integral part of the recent growth of Pakistan’s wind industry. According to Mordor Intelligence’s report on the wind power market in Pakistan, the country’s capacity is expected to increase by more than 5% between 2020 and 2025. This is attributed to government policy support and falling technology costs. renewables, allowing clean energy to compete in price with fossil fuel sources.
Under the Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy 2019, the government is aiming for 30% of the country’s electricity generation to come from renewables by the end of 2030. The country’s geography means that there are a potential of more than 132 GW of wind energy, according to the United States Agency for International Development and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
However, lack of infrastructure and skills gaps in the workforce at this early stage of Pakistan’s clean energy transition are just some of the issues that developers need to overcome, pointing out the importance of the support that experienced companies in the wind industry like K2M are able to provide. .
“Pakistan is a high potential market, especially in the Jhimpir-Gharo corridor,” said Patrick Architta, President, Projects Asia at K2 Management. “We are excited to play a pivotal role in developing these early projects in the country’s growing wind industry, helping developers overcome challenges and start producing clean energy. We are building in-depth knowledge that we can use in future projects and our experience not only in Pakistan, but in other territories around the world, means we are well positioned and actively helping to accelerate profitable wind expansion in Pakistan. We look forward to supporting Liberty Power projects in the next phases of their operations. In the meantime, we are proud to have played a key role in connecting the artistic wind energy project to the grid.
Humayun Azad, CEO of Ray Analytics, added that the collaboration between the local resources of Ray Analytics and the international expertise of K2M has been a great success.
We are convinced that this collaboration will be very useful for the next competitive auctions where the experience in the optimization of the projects will be a key differentiation for the winning developers.
K2 Management has played an important role in the development of the wind power market in Pakistan in recent years. The team also provided asset management support for the operational Zephyr Wind (Pvt.) Ltd., 50 MW project located in Gharo. In response to skills gaps in the local market, K2M deployed experienced specialists on the turbines used in the project, to carry out a thorough audit of the O&M procedures in place.
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