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December 7, 2017

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Work on power projects going apace

ISLAMABAD: Work on power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is going on smoothly and most of the projects are going ahead of schedule.
According to official documents, work on 1,320MW coal-fired plant at Port Qasim Karachi is two months ahead of schedule. The scheduled commercial operation date (COD) for the $1.98 billion project has been set at June 2018. Similarly, work on 1,320MW Thar coal-fired power plants (four units each of 330MW) is also ahead of schedule.
Talking to APP, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) Chief Executive Officer Shamsuddin Ahmed Sheikh said, "We are running ahead of the given schedule; though the commercial operation date of two power plants is June 2019, we expect electricity production from the first unit to begin by the end of the next year or early 2019.”
Five energy projects with installed capacity of 2,520MW initiated under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s early harvest programme has so far been completed. The 1,320MW Shaiwal coal power project was recently completed under CPEC at a cost of $1.6 billion, the official document revealed.
Similarly, Hydro China Dawood and Sachal Energy Development wind power projects with 50MW capacity each were completed at a cost of $134 million and $112 million, respectively. Another 100MW wind power project in Jhimpir, Thatta is also operational and contributing to the national grid, the document said, adding that it was completed at a cost of $257 million.

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