KARACHI - The first ever alternative energy production project in Pakistan will start providing electricity to about 6900 homes in Hyderabad Electricity Supply Company (HESCO) region later this month. Pakistan has vast wind power potential, which will be soon realised. As, Zorlu wind energy farm installed by Zorlu Energy Electricity Generation Inc. (an independent electricity production company based in Istanbul, Turkey), situated in Jhampir, 70 kms North East of Karachi are in the final stages of completion. The facility with 6 MW installed capacity in the first phase is planned to be switched on at a ceremony expected to be performed by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. The power generated from the first phase would be evacuated to the Jhimpir Grid Station by HESCO. Five turbines are being installed and each with the capacity to generate 1.2 MW of electricity. The project will produce sufficient clean electricity to eliminate the production of approximately 10,500 tones of carbon dioxide each year, compared to a conventional fossil fuel power project. The project which in subsequent phases would be expended to a 50 MWs wind farm is currently using the gearless Vensys 62 with 1.2 MWs technology. It is worth mentioning that NEPRA has awarded tariff of US Cents 12.1025 per kWh, which is cheaper then the electricity generated from the thermal sources. "Commissioning of this first wind powered electricity generation project would be highly significant step towards achieving Pakistan's renewable goal. We are on our way to a future that can be transformed by the use of clean form of energy," said Arif Alauddin, chief executive alternative energy development board (AEDB). "The completion of the first phase of the project would underline AEDB's ambition to facilitate the setting up of a portfolio of a high-quality wind projects which would provide clean and secure energy supplies to the country and create new business opportunities", he added. It was also mentioned that the AEDB facilitate the setting up of the wind farm by assisting ZEPL in leasing the land from Sindh government; development of feasibility study; tariff determination and acquisition of generation license; verification of power production numbers; and drafting, reviewing & finalization of project documents including Energy Purchase Agreement (EPA), Implementation Agreement (IA), and Measuring Protocols. It is pertinent to mention here that the power production sector in the country need serious and substantial steps in order to over come the problem of power outages in the country.   "Now is the high time, we should take bold steps in this field of alternative means of power production. The government should facilitate investment in the power generation sector", said an engineer. Meanwhile, load-shedding continues in the metropolitan as Bin Qasim provides the city with740 MWs of electricity. The KESC produced 940 MWs of this utility. 1940 MWs was the supplied electricity while the demand exceeds 2400 MWs.