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720MW first hydropower project under CPEC starts generating power: PM

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday announced that Karot hydropower project of 720 mega watt has started generating electricity and this is the first hydropower project completed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The 720-megawatts Karot hydropower project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has successfully passed the 168-hour long reliability test run and will start commercial operations.

Shehbaz Sharif said that he was extremely happy to shared that the 720 MW hydropower project has started work.

He criticised Imran Khan and said that in the last four and a half years of the previous government, no significant progress has been made on this project.

Premier said that this is the first hydropower project to be completed under CPEC.

” I am grateful to the Chinese government for its cooperation in this project,” he added.

Karot Power is a special-purpose vehicle incorporated in Pakistan for executing the project by China Three Gorges (CTG) South Asia Investment Ltd., a subsidiary of CTG.

The test run was launched on June 21 and concluded in the morning of June 28, the testing engineer said. During the period, all other necessary tests were also carried out, including the initial capacity test (ICT) meant to test all four units of the plant at a full capacity of 720MWs.

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All the tests were successful and the first hydropower plant under CPEC will achieve commercial operations date (COD) on June 29.

Location: The Karot Hydropower Project is planned on Jhelum River on near Karot village, some 1.7 kilometers upstream of Karot Bridge and 74 km upstream of Mangla Dam. The Project site is accessible through the Islamabad – Kahuta – Kotli road, approximately 29 kilometers from Kahuta, and 65 kilometers from Islamabad.