Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) partnered with Reon for the first largest corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in May 2019. This is the first-ever initiative by a mining company in Pakistan to install a Solar Plant to support its mining operations.
SECMC is a joint venture between the Government of Sindh and Engro Energy Limited to mine and establish power projects from coalfield, Thar Block II in Tharparkar. The 5 MW Captive Solar Energy Plant will contribute benefits equivalent to planting of about 220,000 trees. The plant created approximately 18 unskilled jobs and 37 skilled jobs during the construction phase from the local community.
A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) implemented in partnership with a financial body sanctions Reon to run the plant over a 15-year duration. SECMC will have the option to extend or exit the contract at the end of the contractual term.
Installation and Integration
The plant was installed on 18 acres of uncontoured land area, sloping from 75 meters above sea level. The land required extensive 2-months of efforts to clear wild shrubs and create site boundaries. The soil erosion was tackled using hard clay and mud while structures of roughly 1.5 -2 meters in depth were installed to stand against wind pressure of approximately 30 m/s (Tharaparkar saw a hurricane of around but the plant stood unaffected). The plant houses 15,000 solar modules on 42 rows, and 33 string inverters.
Thar enjoys a geo-strategic advantage for producing abundant amounts of solar energy. The landmark project that’ll significantly reduce the operating cost will create an annual energy generation of 8,431 MWh and an annual carbon footprint reduction of 5,185 tonnes.
Project Type: Integration with a coal-fired plant
Size(kW): 5 MW
Annual Energy Generation (kWh): 8431 MWh
Annual Co2 Reduction (Tonnes): 5185.065 tonnes
Jobs Created: 55