Ambassador Nong Rong says CPEC projects benefiting local communities
Only coal-fired power plants, being developed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC in Thar, have so far provided jobs to 1,838 people in Sindh, China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong said on Monday.
He said that as other projects reached their peak, more jobs would be created, benefitting local communities in Pakistan.
He claimed that CPEC projects were providing jobs to thousands of people.
“Glad to learn that Thar Energy Limited and ThalNova Power Thar Limited (TEL&TNPTL) 2x330MW Power Plant Projects at Thar block-II have provided jobs to 1,838 local people and will provide more jobs to locals for the peak period of construction,” he said in a tweet.
He said that the TEL 330MW Power Plant Project in Thar Block-II was making steady progress by joint efforts of both Chinese and Pakistani staff.
Sound safety SOPs at the construction site were being strictly followed at the site while safety of all staff was also fully ensured.
According to officials, the power plant was 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 utilize the local lignite at Thar Coal Block II for power generation.
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The ambassador’s comments are not consonant with what has emerged to be official Chinese policy. On September 21, this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the UN that China would not build coal-fired power plants anywhere in the world because of the environmental damage.
But in Pakistan, from 2013 to 2017 half of the capacity of power generation was from coal because these plants are quicker, cheaper to build, and Pakistan has expansive coal deposits.