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- Location: Jhimpir City, Sindh Province, Pakistan
- Project Type: Renewable energy – Wind
- Annual GHG Emissions Reduction: 78,196 tCO2e
- Project Standard: CDM
- Project IDs: CDM 8163
- Status: Registered
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 52.8 MW Wind Farm Project is to utilize wind resources for electricity generation through the construction of a wind farm with a total capacity of 52.8 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 137,500 MWh to the WAPDA grid thereby reducing the baseline grid emissions by an annual 78,196 t CO2e.