A power station would be established especially to meet the electricity demands of Gwadar Port. A master plan would also be prepared for the residential settlement of Gwadar city.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Friday said this while briefing Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.
The committee met with Senator Colonel Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi (Retd) in the chair at Parliament House.
The minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday directed the Ministry of Water and Power in his Cabinet meeting to start working for establishment of power station especially to meet the electricity demands of Gwadar Port city.
The Additional Secretary of Balochistan for Irrigation and Power Department told the committee that 70MW electricity is being imported from Iran for Gwadar Port and other areas.
He said there is 20 MW shortfall of electricity in these areas. He said that 120 MW of electricity would be required in future after the development of Gwadar Port.
He said that Pakistan is importing electricity from Iran at the rate of 9 to 10 cents per unit.
After the committee meeting, while talking to media Minister said that Diamer Bash Dam has been made part of the CPEC.
He said that the total cost of Diamer Bash Dam is $14 billion and it would be completed in two phases. He said that there is need of $6 to $7 billion of consortium for this project and decision in this regard will be taken this year.
Earlier in the meeting, the Secretary Planning, Development and Reforms told the committee that Port Qasim Coal Power Plant with the cost of $2 billion and Sahiwal Coal Power Plant with cost of $1.6 billion would be completed in two years.
He said that energy projects of 10,400 MW including 7,500 MW from coal power plants, 1,250 from wind power projects and 1,590 from hydel power projects have been started under CPEC.
He said that electricity would also be generated through Solar System. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari said that air pollution would increase through coal power projects as it has increased in China.
Secretary Planning said that 80 percent electricity in China and 70 per cent electricity in India is being generated from coal power projects.
Answering a question, he said that coal would be imported from Malaysia and Indonesia for Sahiwal Coal Power Plant.
He said that Thar Power Plants project would be completed in three years with the cost of $2 billion while 134MW electricity would be added to the national grid station next month. -Business Recorder