Lahore : First of the three gas turbine to be installed at 1180 MW Bhikki Power Plant has reached at site. Manufactured by the General Electric (GE), this 9HA Gas Turbine weighing 372 tons has been imported from France. Because of its efficiency, the 9HA gas turbine has been included in the Guinness Book of world records. The same turbine was being used in Beauchene Power Plant in France which had been rated as the best power generation plant because of its 62.22 per cent efficiency.
One of the three gas turbine generators, also manufactured by General Electric, has already reached at site last week. The generator has been imported from New York. The remaining two Gas Turbines and as many generators are being manufactured by General Electric and will reach Pakistan in due course of time.
The civil work of the Bhikki Power Plant in District Sheikupura is also in full swing and so far, more than 50 per cent of the construction work has been completed. The plant will start production early 2017 and will be contributing 750 Mega Watts of power in the national grid by the coming summer season. It will produce power to its full capacity by the end of next year.
It is expected that Bhikki Power plant will prove to be a mile stone for the power sector of Pakistan. Its better efficiency will result in reduction in the cost of production which will ultimately benefit the consumers. Due to saving in production cost and better efficiency rate, there will be a reduction in per unit cost of electricity.