China approves construction of 14 power projects in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: The Chinese government on Thursday approved the immediate execution of 14 power projects that will generate up to 10,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity, work on which will be started immediately and put into operation by the year 2017-2018.

Congratulating his energy and economic team on approval of the Chinese government for constructing 14 power projects, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that this gesture of the Chinese government manifests the deep cordial relations the country has with Pakistan as well as showing the confidence of the international community in the policies of government.

Expressing his happiness over the fact that Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) that Pakistan had signed with China in the recent past are now being translated into on-ground projects, the premier expressed the confidence that this massive addition to the power sector would prove beneficial in overcoming electricity shortage.

Sharif said that the move is a part of the government’s energy road map which aims at ensuring provision of cost-effective electricity.

The projects that were approved for the immediate execution by the Chinese government include:

  1. Port Qasim (Coal Fired) 1320 MW
  2. Sukki Kanari (Hydropower) 870 MW
  3. Sahiwal (Coal Fired) 1320 MW
  4. Engro Thar (Coal Fired- Mining of Block 2) 660 MW
  5. Muzafargarh (Coal Fired) 1320 MW
  6. Gwadar (Coal fired) 300 MW
  7. Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park (Cholistan) 1000 MW
  8. United Energy (Wind power, Karachi) 100 MW
  9. Dawood (Wind power, Karachi) 50 MW
  10. Sachal (Wind power) 50 MW
  11. Sunnec (Wind power) 50 MW
  12. Rahimyar Khan (Coal fired) 1320 MW
  13. SSRL Thar (Coal fired) 1320 MW
  14. Karot (Hydropower) 720 MW

In addition, power generation projects totaling 6,445 MW would be completed in the second phase on fast-track basis.

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