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World Environment Day 2022 was successfully celebrated at the Karot hydro power project. Local staff & local communities participated. The plant will reduce CO2 emissions by about 3.5mn tons each year, contributing to addressing the challenges of climate change..



By Khalid Aziz | Gwadar Pro Jun 22, 2022

ISLAMABAD, Jun.22(Gwadar Pro) - The 720 megawatts Karot hydropower plant is now a week away from starting commercial operations after it was put to 168 hours long reliability run test (RTT) on Tuesday morning.
The RTT is the last test before the commissioning of the project, a senior official of Karot Power Co. told Gwadar Pro. Karot Power is a special-purpose vehicle incorporated in Pakistan for executing the project by China Three Gorges (CTG) South Asia Investment Ltd., a subsidiary of CTG.
The test run was launched at 9:30 am on June 21 and will conclude on June 28, after which all four units of the plant will be ready for full-scale electricity generation, the official said.
Karot is the first-ever hydropower project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative to be completed at a cost of $1.72 billion. The project will play a vital role in Pakistan’s energy security by providing clean and affordable electricity.
The run-of-river facility is already contributing electricity to the national grid free of cost. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said during a recent visit to Karot that the plant will provide free electricity worth Rs4 billion to the national grid as a gift to the Pakistani people until it starts commercial operations. According to the Central Power Purchasing Authority (CPPA), the project contributed 244.25 million units of free electricity to the national grid in May.
The RTT is being witnessed by independent international engineers and officials of the relevant government departments, the official said. He added that before the RTT, the plant successfully went through the load rejection test at a full capacity of 720MWs. This is a vital test in which load from a running unit is suddenly removed to check that if it safely shuts down without damage to electromechanical installations and the civil foundations in case of tripping of the power plant. The reactive capability test was also successful, the official said.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is expected to inaugurate this landmark clean and cheaper energy project of CPEC on June 30.
The 720MW Karot Hydropower Project in Pakistan is put into full commercial operation today. It is the first hydropower project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor CPEC invested and developed by CTG.

With a designed installed capacity of 720 MW, the project is expected to generate 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually, saving about 1.4 million metric tonnes of standard coal and reducing carbon dioxide emissions..


Karot Hydropower Project –
First CPEC Project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The Project was put into full commercial operation on 29th June 2022. With a designed installed capacity of 720 MW, and annual generation is 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours.




Mr. Tauseef Farooqi Chairman Nepra visited Karot site and inaugurated Neonatal Care Unit and New Emergency Block constructed at Kahuta Hospital by Karot Power Company Limited..


CPEC Karot hydropower Project built infrastructure around the project.

The 200 meter long bridge for vehicle, 277 meter long bridge for pedestrians and a 7.3 kilometer long road were also constructed.



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