Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant, Jhang, Pakistan

Haveli Bahadur

The Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant is a 1,230MW combined-cycle power plant being developed in Jhang district, approximately 300km from Lahore, Pakistan.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the natural gas-fired power plant was conducted in October 2015, while the first gas turbine was fired for the first time on 28 April 2017. The second turbine achieved first fire in May 2017.

The 760MW first phase of the simple-cycle operation was inaugurated on 7 July 2017, while the entire plant is anticipated to begin commercial operations by the end of 2017.

National Power Parks Management Company Limited (NPPMCL), a 100%-owned entity of the Government of Pakistan created under the Ministry of Water Power, is the project developer.

Haveli Bahadur Shah power project background

The Haveli Bahadur Shah project is one of the three power plants being developed in Pakistan to run on re-gasified liquefied natural gas (R-LNG). The other two plants are Bhikki and Balloki.

The three projects received Implementation Agreement (IA) from the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) on 9 June 2016.

The Haveli power plant is anticipated to meet up to 20% of the current electricity shortfall in Pakistan and is expected to supply electricity required for approximately 2.5 million Pakistani homes. The project is being funded under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

Plant make-up

The Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant will feature two GE 9HA gas turbines, two Alstom heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), and a steam turbine, making it the first in the Middle East region to use a combination of GE 9HA gas turbine and Alstom's engineered technology.

Considered the world's biggest and most efficient heavy-duty gas turbine, the air-cooled gas unit is the best H-class turbine available.

Operating at a frequency of 50Hz, the 9HA gas turbine incurs very low life cycle cost per megawatt and achieves a combined-cycle efficiency of more than 62%. Such a high-efficiency rate helps in achieving fuel cost savings and providing cheaper electricity to the masses and industry.

The heavy-duty gas turbine is equipped with advanced features such as advanced cooling and sealing, single-crystal and solidified blades, and double-wall casing for better clearance control.

"The Haveli power plant is anticipated to meet up to 20% of the current electricity shortfall in Pakistan and is expected to supply electricity required for approximately 2.5 million Pakistani homes."

In the shortage of R-LNG, high-speed diesel (HSD) will be used as back-up fuel.

Gas and fuel supply

Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) will supply gas for NPPMCL's project under a gas supply agreement signed in October 2016. The project is estimated to require 200 million metric cubic feet a day (Mmcfd) of gas, which will be delivered through a 38km pipeline.

Attock Petroleum will supply HSD for the project.

Power purchase agreement and transmission of power

Power generated by the Haveli Bahadur Shah power project will be purchased by Central Power Purchasing Agency under a power purchase agreement entered with NPPMCL.

The plant will transmit the generated power to the national grid through the 500kV Muzafar Garh and Gatti transmission lines.

Contractors involved

Power Construction Corporation of China and Qavi Engineering are the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for the HBS power plant.

In April 2017, NPPMCL awarded a 12-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract worth $148m to Chinese company SEPCOIII.

SEPCOIII contracted GE to supply two gas turbines, one steam turbine, and two HRSGs for the project. GE subcontracted Flenco for the supply of auxiliary systems.

Power China subcontracted AEPL for the electrification of temporary site facilities, electrification of the construction site, low-voltage (LV) testing services, construction of fuel oil storage tanks, construction of demineralised water storage tanks, and fabrication and installation of cooling water pipeline.