While speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a coal power plant set up under the CPEC at Port Qasim, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will play a key role in the country’s development and CPEC will be a golden opportunity for Pakistan.
He said that the coal power plant was the first to be completed under the ongoing CPEC project. PM Abbasi termed the inauguration of the power plant as another milestone in the history of Pak-China relations.
He was speaking at an inaugural ceremony of the first unit of 1320 megawatt Port Qasim coal-fired power plant [under CEPC] which would provide the cheapest power to the national grid.
The plant is “environment-friendly” project with latest supercritical technology. The company has also launched eco-friendly initiative as per its social corporate responsibility (SCR) policy.
“Today, Pakistan has not only met its energy needs, it has also surplus power. When the PML-N government came into power in 2013, the country was facing load shedding up to 16 hours a day,” said the jubilant premier while addressing the Pakistani and Chinese officials and media personnel at the project site.
Congratulating Power China Resources Limited and Al Mirqab Capital, the premier said the completion of the first unit of coal-fired power project is a significant milestone in the CPEC, adding that the CPEC creating job opportunities for the youth, along with boosting economic prosperity.
Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, vouching for Pakistani government’s commitment to development, the ambassador said, “During the last week after assuming charge, I have accompanied the prime minister at the inauguration of two major projects Gwadar Eastbay and Port Qasim Plant. Such commitment reflected the devotion of those involved with the CPEC and the support of Pakistan and Chinese governments.”