Lijian Zhao appointed focal person for ongoing power projects under CPEC

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 5 (APP):Chinese Embassy has nominated Chinese Deputy Head of Mission M. Lijian Zhao, as the focal person for
ongoing power projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In pursuance of the Power Division commitment to facilitate and resolution of issues pertaining to the
ongoing projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in order to ensure their timely
completion, the Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari met the investors of
these projects here Friday.
Secretary Power Division Yousuf Naseem Khokhar and M. Lijian Zhao were also present on the
occasion, said a press release.
All the investors took active participation in the meeting and informed it regarding their projects
achievements and expressed satisfaction over the Power Division’s role in extending all out facilitation
to them in all phases of their development activities.
They acknowledged the Power Sector performance as a success story under the CPEC.
The meeting was informed that Pakistan’s indigenous coal at Thar has attracted a handsome
investment and the SCMC was working hard to achieve the targeted mining results within the
time.
It was disclosed that 63% work on mining and mine mouth plant by Engro is complete and the
project of 660MW Thar coal fired plant is expected to achieve its Commercial Operation Date
(COD) in June 2019, well ahead of its schedule by almost four months.
Other companies including the Oracle Power, Shanghai Electric, Thalnova Power and HUBCO
Thar Power Project are also working fast and will achieve their CODs well in time.
The meeting was also briefed by the representatives of1320MW Port Qasim Coal Power Plant
and 1320MW Sahiwal Coal Power Plant regarding their operations and the future development
activities.
Representatives from Hub Power Coal Power Project, Gwadar Coal Power Project, Sukki Kinari
Hydro Power Project, Karot Hydo Power Project and Kohala Hydro Power Projects besides the China
State Grid sponsored Matriee-Lahore HVDC Transmission Line project, briefed the meeting regarding
the progress and the time-line achieved so far in execution of these projects.
Representatives from alternative energy projects (Wing Solar ) including the Hdro China Dawood
Power, Sachal Energy, UEP, Three Gorges, Western Energy, Chacho Wind, Applo Solar and
Crest Energy, Best Green also briefed the meeting regarding their projects.
Responding to the investors on the issue of delay and extension of LOS and LOI, the
Minister for Power Division, being also the Chairman of the BOD of PPIB, directed the
PPIB to hold its next meeting on January 11.
He further directed the PPIB to thoroughly work out the details of these request and put before
the BOD for its merit consideration and decision.
The Minister for Power Division, while making it clear that no further extension for delay would
accorded, said that case for one time extension will be presented before the PPIB BOD for
consideration.
The Minister also assured the investors that the Power Division is also in close negotiation
with FBR on the issue of exemption of tax and related matter and positive results are expected
soon.
He directed the NTDC to sit with coming power projects in Thar to ensure timely provision
of feedback. He also directed the NTDC to provide all out support to the investors so that they
may be able to evacuate the power as soon as they achieve the COD.
The Minister also directed the Power Division to hold meeting with Provincial Governments
of Balochistan and KPK for early provision of land for Gwadar Coal Power Project and Sukki
Kinari Hdro Power Project respectively.
The Minister for Power Division also tasked the CPPA and Power Division to approach the
Power Regulator for sorting out the tariff related issues, being faced by few of the projects.
The Chinese Deputy Head of Mission on the occasion appreciated the efforts of the Power
Division for meeting with all investors under the CPEC energy projects and not only listening to
their issues but also issuance of directions for its early resolution.
He said China is further looking to extend support to Pakistan in energy and investors in
China have been keenly following the success in the power sector.
MD, PPIB, CEO AEDB, MD NTDC, MD PEPCO and other senior officials of the
Power Division were preset in the meetings.