CPEC projects to create 17,045 MW electricity in Pakistan
As much as 17,045 megawatts of energy would be generated through early harvest prioritized as well as actively promoted China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects all across the country to overcome energy crisis, bolstering economic activities and promote growth.
Electricity of 5,785 megawatt would be generated through various hydel, coal, wind and solar projects in Punjab provinces followed by 5,630 megawatt in Sindh, 2,940 megawatt in Baluchistan, 870 megawatts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while 1,820 megawatt electricity would be generated in Azad Jammu and Kashmir under the project, official sources told APP.
Out of the total CPEC energy projects, 10,400 would be generated through early harvest prioritized energy projects including 4,4210 MW in Sindh, 3,640 MW in Punjab, 960 MW in Baluchistan, 870 MW in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 720 MW in AJK .
According to the sources, the early harvest prioritized energy projects included 870 MW Suki Kinari hydel project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 720 mw hydel project at Karot in Azad Kashmir .
The coal projects included 3,960 mw Thar Coal I and II and port Qasim projects in Sindh, 2,640 mw coal project in Sahiwal Rahimyar khan Punjab, and 960 mw coal project at Hubco Gwadar in Balochistan.
Among the wind and solar projects, 1000 mw would be generated through solar project in Bahwalpur Punjab, while 250 mw would be generated through Thatta project in Sindh province.
Meanwhile, among the energy actively promoted projects of 6645 mw, 1100 mw hydel energy would be generated through Kohala project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir .
Electricity generation of 1980 mw would be made through Hubco Gaddani coal project, while 1320 mw electricity would be generated through Thar Oracle and 1620 mw through a coal project in Muzaffarnagarh Salt Range.
Among the wind and gas project, 525 mw would be generated through Chichoki Malian in Punjab and 100 mw through wind project in Thatha Sindh.
It is pertinent to mention here that CPEC is a long-term broad framework with multiple sectoral projects, which will be completed in different phases through bilateral agreements agreed upon by both sides as a win-win equation.
Pakistan and China had signed an agreement last year to commence work on CPEC development projects worth over $46 billion.
The corridor aims to connect Gwadar port in Balochistan to China's Xinjiang region via a network of highways, railways and pipelines spread over 3,000 KM. Work on several sections is in progress.