Gwadar: The Karot Hydropower Station has reached another another milestone, with 95 percent of the project’s work finished.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a 3,000-kilometer infrastructure project that connects the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China and the Gwadar Port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
After six years of development, the project formally opened the gates of its diversion tunnels on Saturday, and began impounding water in its reservoir for future use. Engineers from China described the difficulties they faced during the hydroelectric plant’s development.
The power station is located on the Jhelum River in Punjab and is the first hydropower project within the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It can create almost three billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy each year, according to its installed capacity of 7,200 megawatts.
It would not only generate jobs for Pakistanis, but it would also deliver electricity at a lesser cost. A Chinese company, China Three Gorges Corporation, has invested $1.7 billion in the project. According to Chinese media, if completed, the hydropower project will help Pakistan reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.5 million tonnes per year. The project will not be finished until April 2022.