Shanghai Electric will invest $9bn for KE upgrades

Just months after the multinational revealed it was buying a Pakistan power company. 
China’s Shanghai Electric planned to spend $9 billion overhauling electricity infrastructure in Karachi.
In a presentation made to Pakistani authorities, Shanghai Electric said it would invest an average of $700 million a year until 2030 to increase capacity, improve cabling and target bill defaulters. 

China is ramping up investment in its South Asian neighbour as part of a $46 billion project unveiled last year that will link its far-western Xinjiang region to Gwadar port with a series of infrastructure, power and transport upgrades. 

Miftah Ismail, minister for state and chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Investment told that the investment would be utilized in distribution, generation, transmission” and training. The investment would also aim to tackle widespread electricity theft and other losses that cost about $269 million a month in the city, partly by replacing above-ground grid stations with underground ones. 

Shanghai Electric announced in August it would buy a majority stake in K-Electric, which is owned by Abraaj Group of Dubai, for $1.7 billion, which would be Pakistan’s biggest ever private-sector acquisition. 

K-Electric, formerly known as Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation, supplies electricity to more than 2.2 million households and commercial and industrial consumers.