Sapphire group is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of textile products in Pakistan, with over 14,000 employees and an annual turnover of US$ 435 million. Sapphire technology originates from Europe, Japan and USA. By sourcing its raw materials locally, Sapphire capitalizes on the region‘s principal crop: cotton. It then augments its offerings by providing imported fiber.
Sapphire products are marketed to the industry‘s biggest names in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. Since textile production is energy intensive and contributes to the emission of large amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG), Sapphire has decided to build and operate its own zero emissions wind farm to overcome energy supply shortages and, at the same time, seeking to avoid harmful climatic effects.
Project owner of the Sapphire Wind Farm is Sapphire Wind Power Company Limited (SWPCL), a subsidiary of Sapphire Textile Mills Limited.
The purpose of the Sapphire 49.5 MW Wind Farm Project is to utilize wind resources for electricity generation through the construction of a wind farm with a total capacity of 49.5 MW and to deliver the electricity generated from the project to the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) grid.
By replacing the electricity supplied by the WAPDA grid, which is heavily dominated by fossil fuel fired power plants, with electricity generated from wind power the proposed project activity will achieve considerable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.
The project, which is the „first of its kind“ CDM project type in Pakistan, foresees the installation and operation of newest foreign manufactured wind turbines, which will supply an average annual generation of 129,400 MWh to the WAPDA grid thereby reducing the baseline grid emissions by an annual 85,000 t CO2e.
|Project type:||Wind Park|
|Location:||Jhimpir City, Sindh Province, Pakistan|
The Sapphire 49.5 MW Wind Farm Project will contribute to a local sustainable development in the project area by exerting
the following effects:
Economic benefits: Pakistan is currently facing acute energy supply bottlenecks. The project activity is expected to generate an estimated amount of 129,400 MWh per year and thereby contributing to a reduction in the number of black-outs and brown-outs experienced by other grid users. This can help to improve the economic performance of other businesses connected to the grid.
Social benefits: The project will offer job opportunities for local people both during the construction phase and the operational period, thus achieving economic growth and a higher living standard in the region.
Environmental benefits: By reducing greenhouse gas emissions signify cantly, the project is expected to bring about positive environmental effects in the area and to improve Pakistan’s climatic balance.
Technological benefits: The project activity is the first of its kind in Pakistan. By adopting foreign manufactured wind turbines, the project will initiate an important transfer of technical know-how to Pakistan, and can act as a pioneer in promoting the spread of this technology to other wind power projects in the country. It can also serve as a working example of the potential to improve energy efficiency in other ways, both in the power industry and in other sectors.
The project is located in Pakistan, Sindh Province, northeast of Jhimpir City, Thatta District.
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