‘First round of CPEC projects to be completed by 2018’

BEIJING: China reaffirmed that most of the early harvest energy projects being built under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework would be completed in 2018, easing electricity shortage in Pakistan.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying made these remarks while answering a question regarding the inauguration of the first unit of Sahiwal Coal Power Plant during her regular press briefing.

“It is estimated that most power projects will be completed preceding the year 2019 easing the shortage of energy in Pakistan which will benefit the people,” she added.

With a total capacity of 1,320 megawatts (MW), the project comprises two coal-based power plants.

This is one of the early harvest projects of CPEC- a flagship project of the One Belt, One Road initiative.

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