BEIJING: A wind farm in Pakistan built with China’s help is generating more than a million kilowatt-hours of electricity every day as the Communist nation has stepped up funding of solar, hydro and nuclear power projects under the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The wind power project built by China’s Three Gorges Corporation operates for more than 20 hours a day, and since it went into operation in November, the facility has generated around 93 million kilowatt-hours, a spokesperson for the Chinese state-owned renewable energy firm said today.
With an installed capacity of 49.5 MW, this is the first China-backed wind farm in Pakistan, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Official media said that the project is an example of the work the two countries are doing to build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The Corridor is part of Silk Road projects initiated by China despite India’s objections as it passes through the PoK. China defends it saying it is a commercial project.
China and Pakistan have signed many deals to lift Pakistan out of its economic slumber and boost growth for the Chinese economy, the Xinhua report said.
Besides funding dams to increase hydro power generation, it has already committed to build two 1100 mw nuclear power reactors in Karachi with USD 6.5 billion assistance.
China earlier assisted Pakistan in building four nuclear power plants, two with 300 mw capacity and two others of 320 mw capacity.
China is also building 900 mw solar power project in Bahawalpur in Punjab on a 500 acre land.
The projects were all stated to be part of USD 46 billion China-Pak Corridor finalised during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan in April this year