CPEC projects benefiting local communities in Pakistan: envoy

APP News Agency

12th Oct, 2021. 03:14 pm

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of China to Pakistan Nong Rong has said that the projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were benefiting the local communities in Pakistan and providing thousands of jobs to them.

The power plants at Thar Block-II had so far provided over 1,838 jobs to the locals, he said and expressed the hope that more jobs would be created when the project reaches its peak construction period.

“Glad to learn that Thar Energy Limited and ThalNova Power Thar Limited (TEL and TNPTL) 2x330MW power plant projects at Thar Block-II have provided jobs to 1,838 local people and will provide more jobs to the locals for the peak period of construction”, he said in his tweet.

He said the 330MW TEL power plant project in Thar Block-II was making steady progress by the joint efforts of both Chinese and Pakistani staff.

Sound safety SOPs at the construction site are being strictly followed at the site, while the safety of all staff was also fully ensured.

According to official sources, the power plant is currently under construction at Thar Coal Block II and is scheduled to achieve commercial operations in 2022.

The power project is a mine-mouth lignite-fired power plant at Thar Block II and is one of the first power projects to utilise the local lignite at Thar Coal Block II for power generation.

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