The Prime Minister, Imran Khan, inaugurated the 1,320 megawatt China Hub power plant, which is one of the primary projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
While addressing the inauguration ceremony he said that every facility will be provided to assist the joint project. He said the joint projects under the CPEC are a positive sign, recommending that at least 20 percent coal from Thar be used to save the foreign reserves and help address a major issue of current account deficit confronting the national economy. “There are 6,000 Pakistani workers associated with the project,” said the prime minister.
The prime minister told the gathering that the government desired to promote power generation through indigenous resources as the country was rich in hydro power potential of around 50,000MW.
He said huge resources of gas and coal also remained untapped, which otherwise could have saved huge foreign reserves currently used to import oil to fuel the power plants.
The ceremony was attended by Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing and senior officials of the Chinese contractor firm.