Beijing eyes to rev up CPEC expansion

Spokesperson cites successful completion of 1,320MW coal power plant


APP August 20, 2019
PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

BEIJING: Terming China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a symbol of practical cooperation, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Tuesday said that his country would like to work with Pakistan to enrich and expand the CPEC and achieve high quality growth to deliver more benefits to peoples of the two countries and the region beyond.

Geng Shuang shared these views while responding to a question about completion of a big power project in Balochistan.
He said that recently, China Power Hub Generation Company's (CPHGC) 1,320 MW coal-fired power project had finished its trial operation and it has now been put into commercial operation in Balochistan.

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"This is an important energy project under CPEC and it will fulfill the power demand of millions of Pakistani families," he added.
The spokesperson remarked that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and the CPEC is a symbol of practical cooperation between the two countries.

The Hub Power Company (HUBCO) Ltd and China Power International Holding had announced Commercial Operational Date (COD) of its 1,320MW imported coal power plant and integrated jetty with coal transshipment capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

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Developed in record time, as per the schedule and within projected costs, the CPHGC project is a part of the early harvest energy projects under the CPEC framework, making it truly a project of national and strategic significance. The plant will add nine billion kWh of electricity to the national grid every year, meeting electricity needs of four million households in the country.

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