Engineering Post Report
The game changer under the China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has quite successfully and appreciatively completed first ten years has entered the second phase and achievements in different sectors in Pakistan under its framework are now being counted by the official quarters concerned as the first decade’s celebrations were being organized in Beijing and Islamabad every now and then.
It is pertinent to mention here that as many as 236000 employment opportunities were created in the first decade of CPEC in Pakistan for the locals and professionals including engineers.
As Pakistan continued to face acute power shortage ,the percentage of the population having access to electricity in 18 years had increased only 1.1 ppts. However, a huge quantity of 9740 MW was created in the capacity by energy sector projects under the CPEC umbrella raising the ratio to 3.8 ppts in just four years. CPEC power plants as such are providing cheaper electricity by utilizing coal reserves thus reducing Pakistan’s oil and gas bill burden to some extent.
The sources said that inside the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project, an open-pit coal mine with an annual ignite output of 7.8 million tons and a total capacity of 1320MW , is providing the most cost-effective energy to millions of Pakistani households.
An official of Power China HDEC Engineering Company Limited Pakistan has been reported as assertively stating his company’s 12 projects in Jhimpir had so far generated more than 1888.29 GWH of electricity so far in Gharo.
Pakistani engineers and other officials working on CPEC power projects have spoken highly about working conditions expressing their complete satisfaction and hoping that with the passage of time, these power projects will be making still greater contributions towards solving the prevailing energy shortage crisis and providing comparatively cheaper, safe and trustworthy energy to all categories of electricity consumers in the country.