Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday inaugurated a 330 MW power plant under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Block II completed by Hubco Company in Sindh’s Tharparkar district.
The prime minister was given a detailed briefing about the CPEC projects by the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif inaugurates a 330 MW Power Plant of Thar Energy Limited (TEL) during his visit to Thar Coal Mines Block-II, Islamkot pic.twitter.com/AHGTeq0AAC
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The Chief Minister briefed that CPEC is a game changer for Pakistan’s economy. He said that generating electricity from Thar Coal required an extensive road network, bridges and an airport.
The Sindh Chief Minister said that the Sindh government built the infrastructure of Thar by spending US$ 750 million.
Murad Ali Shah informed that according to the geological Survey of Pakistan, Thar Coal has 175 billion tons of coal reserves and it has a total of 13 blocks, we were working on Block II and Block I.
The Chief Minister further informed that in 2014, work was started on a coal mine power project under CPEC and in 2015, the federal government issued a sovereign guarantee for the project. He said that the power generation capacity of this power project will increase to 2640 MW by the end of 2022.
Furthermore, he said that 23 schools have been established in the Tharparkar with the profits of Thar Coal project, in which 4061 students are studying; besides a 120-bed hospital has also been established in the district for the betterment of the locals.