ISLAMABAD: The upcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China will see a flurry of energy and development related agreements being signed, officials stated.
Among the agreements which are expected to be signed during Nawaz’s two day visit starting Friday, include those for the trade corridor which will connect Pakistan with Central Asian States.
The visit would help enhancing bilateral trade, developing infrastructure, enhancing people to people contacts and addressing the issue of load shedding in the country.
Of the 27 agreements and MoUs expected to be signed, 21 relate to generating 16,520mw power at an estimated cost of around $33 billion.
The important projects among these are the 1,320 mw Sino hydro Resource project, two 1,320 MW coal fired projects in Sahiwal, two 330 MW Engro Thar Coal Fire Project, 1,320 MW each Muzaffargarh Coal Prower, Rahimyar Khan, SSRL Thar coal projects and Thar Mine Mouth Oracle projects, 1000mw SSRL Thar Coal Block6, 2,640MW Gaddani Power Park Project, 300MW Gawadar Coal, 100MW Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, 50MW Dawood Wind Farm, 100 MW UEP Wind Farm, 50MW Sachal Wind Farm, 50MW Sunnec wind farm, 870MW Suki Kinari Hydropower Station,and 720MW Karot Hydropower Station.
The prime minister will sign agreements for development projects worth nearly $4 billion, including the construction of a 440km section of KKH II (Raikot-Islamabad section), the Karachi-Lahore Motorway, Havelian dry port, Orange line Project of Lahore, Cross Border Optical Fiber Cable and Hari-Ruba Economic Zone, Sinohydro Resource Limited and Al Mirqab Capital, etc.
The Chinese President had previously canceled his visit to Pakistan due to the Islamabad sit ins – consequently the country had to endure losses of billion of rupees.
Complete list of agreements which will be signed can be viewed here: