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Successful COD of TCB-1 a remarkable achievement under CPEC:​

March 22, 2023

A ceremony was held to celebrate the Commercial Operation Date (COD) of the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project on March 22.

On the occasion, Pang Chunxue, Charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, extended her congratulations to the successful COD of the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project. “It is a new remarkable achievement of CPEC cooperation, injecting strong impetus to the high-quality development of CPEC and bringing more benefits to the people,” she noted.

The Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project, a key energy project under CPEC, is developed, constructed and operated by Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company & Sino Sindh Resources Company and parent company Shanghai Electric Group. The project successfully completed a 168-hour reliability operation test and officially started a commercial operation on February 5 this year.

During construction, “the project has provided more than 18,000 direct employment opportunities for the locals, with a cumulative tax payment of 120 million USD and CSR expenditure of over 1.3 million USD,” Pang Chunxue pinpointed. After COD, it will provide electricity for 4 million households, bring significant social and economic significance in reducing fuel imports, saving foreign exchange reserves, optimizing power supply structure and enhancing energy security.

It is worth mentioning that this year marks the 10th anniversary of BRI and CPEC. As a win-win cooperation, CPEC has brought a total of $25.4 billion in direct investment, $17.55 billion in revenue, $2.12 billion in taxes, and altogether created 192,000 local jobs, helping Pakistan add 8,000 megawatts of electricity, 510km of highway and 886km of the national core transmission network.

“CPEC has contributed to laying a good foundation for Pakistan’s industrialization, modernization and connectivity to the region. In the future, the CPEC cooperation will focus more on industry, agriculture, science and technology etc, increasing Pakistan’s export capacity and competitive edge,” Pang Chunxue concluded.
884MW Suki Kinai Hydropower Project - Steel factory
A Straight-of-the-art steel factory has been established at an area of 4200 sq.m within the construction site to produce Steel liner for the Headrace tunnel and Penstock system.
The factory is equipped with hydraulic press, gantry crane, CNC cutting machine, welding cross arm, and other advanced equipment. The factory peak monthly production capacity is over 950 Tons.

Glimpses from Under Construction Mohmand Dam - 800MW
The Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project is being constructed on Swat River approximately 48 km from Peshawar City in Mohmand Tribal Districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The Project is a multipurpose facility with the following objectives:
i-Hydropower generation of 800 MW.
ii-Flood control.
iii-Irrigated agricultural development of 6,773 hectares.
iv-Drinking water supply of 13.30 cumecs to Peshawar.



4500 MW Diamer Basha Hydropower Project Under Construction
The first bin of the longitudinal guide wall of the Diamer Basha Dam Project of POWERCHINA was recently poured, marking the end of the excavation task and the beginning of the concrete-pouring stage of the diversion tunnel project.

During the construction, the team actively communicated with all parties, optimized the excavation and pumping methods, and deployed sufficient workers to the construction site.

With all the challenges overcome, the team successfully completed the excavation task.

In the next step, POWERCHINA will target river diversion and closure to ensure safe flood-passing.

Under construction of Dogah Road Tunnel
It is one of the 7 tunnels being constructed under relocated KKH component.
The realigned and alternative road is being constructed by WAPDA in place of the existing submerged KKH under Dasu HPP Kohistan.
The realigned KKH will be constructed in two phases KKH-01 and KKH -02.




Progress Update on 884MW Suki Kinari HPP:

90% construction work completed, water intake facility completed, N15 alternate road along with tunnel completed,

Total investment $2bn.




POWERCHINA announces 190 local jobs from Diamer Basha Dam Project​

By Tahir Ali | Gwadar Pro Apr 5, 2023

GILGIT, Apr. 5 (Gwadar Pro) - As Chinese companies continue to create jobs for local communities, POWERCHINA, the main contractor of Diamer Basha Dam Project (DBDP), on Tuesday announced 190 jobs from the project area in Gilgit-Baltistan.
DBDP has invited applications for the contractor POWERCHINA and the interested candidates from the project area can apply to the Joint Employment Committee WAPDA Chilas through the Collector DBDP office.
The jobs are divided into ten categories. The company required 53 professional construction personnel, 41 steel fixers, 25 masons, 24 welders, and 29 laborers on long term basis. The others include seven technicians, five scaffolders, three electricians, two drillers and one driver. Interested candidates from the local area can apply till April 11, 2023.
POWERCHINA regularly trains and provides jobs for the people from the site area on a regular basis. In December 2022, the company had provided jobs to 208 skilled and technical professionals at the project sites. The company also conducted skill completions in its local employees to enhance their skills.
DBDP is being constructed on River Indus, which is scheduled to be completed in 2028-29. POWERCHINA in a JV with Frontier Works Organisation is constructing the MW-1 Dam part of the project. The Project will have a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 MAF to irrigate 1.23 million acres of additional land. With an installed power generation capacity of 4,500 MW, the project will provide more than 18 billion units per annum to the National Grid.
Good to see CPEC projects are still on track despite the events of the last 12 months.

Fire breaks out at Dasu dam camp​

Police said blaze ruined a warehouse complex for the Dasu hydropower project in the Kohistan district

April 05, 2023

A fire ripped through the camp of a Chinese company managing the construction of a remote hydropower dam in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, officials said.

Since 2015, Beijing has poured billions of dollars into Pakistan under an investment scheme known as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Private firms have also flooded over the border to service contracts on ambitious infrastructure projects, despite persistent threats from terrorist attacks.

Police said on Tuesday’s pre-dawn blaze ruined a warehouse complex for the Dasu hydropower project in the Kohistan district.

"It was a huge fire," a Rescue 1122 official at the site told AFP. "Initially, the flames were very high and we had to call for fire brigade vehicles from two other districts."

"It was quite a big storehouse, and apart from oil drums, stationery and machinery were also stockpiled there. That's all been destroyed in the fire," he added.

In 2017, the water ministry awarded the construction contract for the Dasu dam to the China Gezhouba Group Company.

The camp housed Chinese engineers, surveyors and mechanics, but both police and Rescue 1122 said none were injured or killed.

One police official said an electrical fault was the suspected cause of the fire.

In July 2021, 12 people -- including nine Chinese workers -- were killed aboard a bus carrying staff to the Dasu site, with Beijing insisting it was a bomb attack.
ECNEC approves Diamer Basha Dam Project Power Generation Facilities..

The ECNEC in its meeting the other day considered and approved Diamer Basha Project-Power Generation Facilities (4500MW) at a total cost of Rs. 1,236.10 billion including FEC of Rs. 598.19 billion.
The main objective of the project is to capitalize on the economical and renewable hydropower energy benefits of 4500 MW from the power generation facilities under Diamer Basha Dam project.




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