The Chinese Government agreed to finance additional 660 MW at Thar Coal which would effectively bring the total capacity at Thar Coal to 1,320 MW. The decision was taken on Wednesday during a video conference between Secretary Ministry of Water and Power, Mr. Mohammad Younus Dagha, and Vice Administrator National Energy Administration China, Mr. Zhang Yuqing. A similar decision was previously taken for a Coal Power Plant at Hub, Baluchistan, which would increase the total power generation capacity.
The video conference was aimed at discussing progress on several projects under the CPEC umbrella. After much deliberation, Dagha was able to convince Yuqing of the importance of expanding mining and power generation at Thar Coal for enhancement of energy security and reduction of tariffs. Both sides mutually agreed on adding and extra 660 MW for Thar Block-II all the while increasing the size of mine from 3.8 MTPA to 6.5 MTPA. This extensive expansion was added to the priority list of power projects under CPEC. Furthermore, importance of +660 KV HVDC transmission line from Matiari to Lahore was also recognized by both sides as critical for evacuation of power from the South in the near future.
During this video conference both sides reiterated their resolve to expeditious work on all the projects, especially ones in the energy sector. The Prime Minister has already expressed his intentions directing the authorities to pursue quick completion of energy projects. Under recent developments, we are hopeful that several projects, CPEC and otherwise, will be completed ahead of schedule. Currently, majority of the projects are expected to complete by yearend 2017, including the expansion of Thar Coal, while load-shedding is predicted to end in the first quarter of 2018. The rate at which development continues today, Pakistan may be able to solve a larger portion of energy-related issues in less than two years.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.