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Oldbaum hone in on Pakistan’s wind corridor

Oldbaum has started operations in Pakistan where we hope to help expand the wind industry.

Nazakat Hussain will take the lead for Oldbaum in Pakistan, his focus being on relationship building and sales. The overall aim is to expand the onshore wind presence, and to help uncover the country’s offshore wind potential, which is yet to be established. Currently, there are two onshore wind projects in operation in the country.

“Pakistan has been gifted with an immense wind resource,” Nazakat explained. “The wind map of Pakistan has been developed after extensive analysis carried out by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA in collaboration with USAID, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB).” This study was carried out using data made available from PMD met sites and satellite imagery.

Pakistan has a population of nearly 180 million people with an ever-increasing energy requirement. It has a need to diversify its energy mix and move away from a dependence on imported fuel, consequently looking more closely at Renewables. Its government plans to achieve up to 2,500MW from wind energy by the end of 2015.

When tackling any country unbeknown to us, there are hurdles to jump over. Nazakat, who is based in Rawalpindi, is best placed to advise Oldbaum as he has a great understanding of Pakistan’s culture.

Nazakat said: “There are many issues relevant to the Pakistani wind industry, which involve security issues and the development of renewable policies. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done.”

He is experienced in Renewable energy, as well as business development. Formerly he worked in the power generation sector, and has also helped to develop wind power plants. He is excited by Oldbaum’s progression into Pakistan’s wind industry.

He imparted: “The Ghoro-Keti Bandar Wind Corridor which spreads 60km along the coastline of Sindh province, and more than 170km deep towards the land alone, has a potential to generate more than 60,000 MW of electricity.”

For further information please contact Tina Koenig, Communications Coordinator@ t.koenig@oldbaumservices.co.uk (01786 469639) and check out: www.oldbaumservices.co.uk