May 30, 2012 / 9:33 AM / 5 years ago

China firm in talks for $3 billion Pakistan wind farm

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese oil and gas company United Energy Group Ltd (0467.HK) said on Wednesday it plans to invest $3 billion in a wind farm project in energy-starved Pakistan and is in talks to buy equipment from mainland suppliers.

United Energy, which paid BP (BP.L) $775 million for oil and gas assets in Pakistan in 2010, said it plans to construct the wind farm in several phases. It did not disclose the targeted total capacity for the project or provide a timeframe.

The company said, however, it had already obtained approval from the Pakistan government to construct a wind power project with a capacity of 500 megawatts.

Pakistan, which suffers chronic shortages of electricity, is offering clean energy producers higher rates for renewable power as it seeks to boost production, while diversifying energy supply away from oil and gas.

The major suppliers of wind power equipment in China are Sinovel (601558.SS) and Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology 002202.SZ(2208.HK).

Shares of United Energy closed flat in Hong Kong on Wednesday, against a 1.9 percent drop in the benchmark Hang Seng Index .HSI.

Reporting by Leonora Walet; Editing by Nick Macfie

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