Comment-CPEC Takes Off

The tale of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is only 31 months old and the miracle is unveiled. The project is moving in full swing and the year 2017 could be termed as the “CPEC’s Take Off” stage. CPEC attained its “energy galore” by now with several coal, solar, LNG, and wind projects completed worth US$ 27 billion attained out of the total US$ 34 billion. There are also non-CPEC energy projects completed that included Chashma nuclear power plant- I and II. The LNG-based Bekhiki and Havali Bahadar Shah are producing 760 mw and 717 mw respectively.

The former plant was inaugurated in April this year. The total capacity of this plant is 1,180 mw. The plant was completed in 18 months, making history. The project is a combined cycle power plant with an installed capacity of 1,230MW. With highly efficient and modern infrastructure, the project was completed in record 21 months in July this year by the Power Construction Corporation of China and Pakistan’s Qavi Engineering Pvt Ltd. Moreover, a saving of Rs. 57 billion has been achieved in the project cost.

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