8 - 14, 2010

Tuwairqi Steel Mills Limited (TSML), the country arm of Saudi Arabia's largest private-sector steel producer Al Tuwairqi Holding in Pakistan, will start supplying 14 megawatt electricity to the KESC from the month of May, at the peak of the summer this year.

The two companies have signed a contract for adding 14MW of electricity to the power utility's network of KESC. It is feared that the fast approaching summer is likely to give a tough time both to the consumers as well as the utility in the wake of huge gap between power demand and supply, which forced KESC to resort to load shedding even during the lean period of winter this year.

Notwithstanding this alliance comes at a crucial juncture when the utility is looking at adding power to its network, in order to help meet the current shortfall of electricity in Karachi. As per the contract, TSML will start providing 14MW of electricity to KESC from May.

The contract was signed by Zaigham Adil Rizvi, Director (Projects), TSML and Tabish Gauhar, CEO, KESC. Zubair Motiwala, advisor to chief minister Sindh for investment and other senior officials from KESC and TSML were also present at the occasion.

Commenting on the collaboration, Zaigham Adil Rizvi, "This initiative of contributing electricity to KESC's network is in line with the vision of Al Tuwairqi's management in Saudi Arabia to help meet the growing demand of energy in Pakistan. We are also exploring alternate modes of electricity generation like wind and solar resources."

Regarding the power plant of TSML, Rizvi said, "We have installed 4 gas turbines of Kawasaki Japan having a capacity of 6.5MW each. Installation of a gas engine of 2.4 MW is currently underway, and a steam turbine of 12MW will be installed in future, which will operate on Heat Recovery Steam Boiler on exhaust energy of these gas turbines. Currently, electrical and piping works are underway and hopefully commercial operations will commence after the completion of commission phase by the end of May, 2010. He also acknowledged the role of National Bank of Pakistan for extending an instrumental support to the project.

Tabish Gauhar said: "KESC management is committed to add more generation capacity to the utility's network. Since September 2008, we have added 450 MW of internal generation capacity to the system and more projects are under implementation on fast track basis. In future this will enable us to deal with electricity supply position more effectively. Today's signing of contract with Tuwairqi Steel Mills is another step in this direction."