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Thar coal power project begins generating 2640MW electricity.​

May 17, 2023

ISLAMABAD – A total of 2640MW Cheap electricity from Thar coal is now being provided to Pakistan’s National Grid with the help of coal mining and power plant projects initiated in the Thar desert under China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Gwadar Pro reported on Tuesday.

The work on the 220-Km long Transmission line from Thar Coal Mine to Mityari converter station has been completed. The transmission line will help in evacuating electricity from Thar coal mine Block 1.

According to Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division) Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) has completed the construction at a cost of approximately Rs15 billion in a record time and allout efforts were being made to complete it.

The minister termed the project most important for Pakistan’s future energy needs through which coal-fired power generation in Thar will be integrated to the National Grid.

The Thar coal plants can operate at 100 percent capacity. With the completion of this transmission line, an additional 800-1000MW low-cost electricity will be available during summer. This will help reduce the import burden and load shedding.

The project has an annual production capacity of 9 billion units, which can meet the demand of 4 million local households. The project will bring economic benefits by reducing fuel imports; saving foreign exchange reserves and enhancing the energy security of Pakistan.
Construction work on Diamer Basha Dam.

This super mega multipurpose project is scheduled for completion in 2029, will store 8.1 million acre feet (MAF) of water and supplement supplies for irrigating 1.23 million acre (MA) additional land.
The project will also generate 4500 megawatt (MW) low-cost and environment-friendly hydel electricity to contribute 18 billion units annually to the National Grid.



Images showcasing the progress of construction activities of Diamer Basha Dam. This massive and strategically important project is set to be finished by 2029 and can house up to 8.1 million acre-feet (MAF) of water, increasing irrigation capacity by providing resources for 1.23 million additional acres (MA) of land.

It can also generate 4,500 megawatts (MW) of hydroelectric energy which is environmentally sustainable and cost-effective, contributing approximately 18 billion units to the national grid yearly.



Matiari-Thar transmission line inaugurated​

220km quad bundle transmission line completed in record time of four months for Rs20 billion

May 26, 2023

Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division), Khurram Dastagir Khan, marked a momentous occasion on Thursday as he inaugurated the 220-kilometer Matiari-Thar 500 KV Quad Bundle transmission line. The project, completed in a record time of four months at a cost of Rs20 billion.

Minister Khurram Dastagir hailed the transmission line as a revolutionary achievement. The line, entirely indigenous, will carry the cheapest electricity generated from local Thar coal across the country.

Dastagir emphasised that the federal government had successfully produced 1980 megawatts of new and affordable electricity from Thar coal. The power generated will be transmitted to the national grid through the Matiari-Lahore transmission line, a crucial part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
Under Construction Dasu Hydropower Project

Dasu Hydropower Project is being constructed on the River Indus upstream of Dasu town. WAPDA is implementing the project in two stages – each stage having a generation capacity of 2160MW. On completion,

Stage-I of the project will contribute more than 12 billion units of electricity per annum to the National Grid. Stage II, after its completion, will also provide another 9 billion units to the system every year.





Construction work with full swing.
Dasu Dam is a large hydroelectric gravity dam currently under construction on the Indus River near Dasu in Kohistan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.794 ft tall dam will support a 4,320 MW hydropower station, to be built in two 2,160 MW stages.


Construction of 700 MW Azad Pattan Hydropower Project will start soon, Energy China​

Staff Reporter
Jun 14, 2023

ISLAMABAD . .. China Energy International Group Pakistan Branch Managing Director Wang Hua announced on Tuesday (June 13) that the 700 MW Azad Pattan Hydropower Project managed by Energy China.

After completion of feasibility study and land acquisition, the construction of the project will start soon.

Wang made these remarks at the 'Pakistan Energy Sector Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities' conference held at NUST University Islamabad.

He explained that this project will provide cheap, clean energy to Pakistan. He said that we have been working for this project for six years. We hope the government will give it more priority in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative to bridge the financial gap.

He added that Energy China believes that investing in renewable energy in Pakistan is financially viable. He said that we are committed to establishing our long-term operations in Pakistan and making further investments.

He highlighted that China Energy Engineering Corporation (Energy China) has been present in Pakistan for the past 20 years. He further said that “Energy chain considers Pakistan as its favorite investment destination.

Wang also identified some of the challenges facing foreign investors in Pakistan, and stressed the importance of addressing them early to promote win-win cooperation.

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