On the 11th of March 2014 and with effective date as per 6th of January 2014, UPM successfully registered its seventh Pakistani wind power project, the “Zorlu Enerji Wind Project” (CDM Ref. 9849), with the CDM. The project is located in Pakistan, Sindh Province, Thatta District, northeast of Jhimpir City. The project owner is Zorlu Enerji Pakistan Limited which is part of well-known Turkish business conglomerate Zorlu Group.
The purpose of this project is to utilize wind resources for electricity generation through the construction of a wind farm with a total capacity of 56.4 MW and to deliver the electricity generated from the project to National Transmission & Despatch Company Limited (NTDC), the grid operator of Pakistani Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA).
By replacing the electricity of the WAPDA grid, which is heavily dominated by fossil fuel fired power plants, with electricity generated from clean wind power, the project activities will not only contribute significantly to closing Pakistan’s severe energy supply gap but will also achieve total greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of approximately 982,000 tCO2e throughout its entire crediting period of 10 years. In addition, the wind farm will create many employment opportunities for local people during the construction phase and the operational period, and will thus support economic growth in the target region.
The Zorlu Wind Energy project belongs to a group of first of its kind wind park activities in Pakistan. By adopting foreign manufacturer wind turbines, the project promotes an important transfer of technical know-how to Pakistan, and can act as a pioneer in disseminating this technology to other wind power projects. The Zorlu Pakistan Wind Power Plant won the “2011 Best Renewable Energy Financing of the Middle East” award which was given by the Project Finance Magazine in March 2012.
For further information on this wind farm project and the availability of its Green CERs, please contact:
Ms Gaiai Guo, Vice General Manager, UPM China
guog(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +86 10 6468 0500-13
Martin Dilger, Managing Director, UPM Germany
mdilger(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +49 89 41419691
For official CDM information and related documentation about the project, please visit the UNFCCC CDM project database entry for the Zorlu Enerji Wind Project.