500 Chinese engineers reached Pakistan for Thar Block-I project

Around 500 Chinese engineers and managers have arrived in Pakistan on a special chartered flight for Shanghai Electric’s Thar Coal Block-1 Project.

Li Jigen, CEO of Sino Sindh Resources (Private) Limited, an overseas subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, said that the return of technical and managerial staff would pave the way for construction and production work at the Thar Coal Block-1Project.

“Because of the Covid-19 situation, international travel has become really difficult. But it is great that a special chartered flight was arranged successfully to bring 500 of our colleagues to Pakistan,” he said.

Li Jigen also added that with the acceleration in the Thar Block-1 project following the arrival of Chinese engineers and managerial staff, SSRL will start providing new job opportunities for local professionals in near future.

The Thar Block-1 integrated coal mine and power project involves a 7.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) open-pit coal mine and a 1.3GW ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant in the Thar region. The £2.6bn ($3.2bn) integrated project is being developed as a priority project under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).