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10,000MW Pakistan, China friendship


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China will help Pakistan generate 10,000 megawatt (MW) through different projects, said Wang Shaofeng, the director general of Three Gorges Project Corporation. The corporation has built the world's biggest hydropower-complex project 'Three Gorges'.

At a briefing to Pakistani reporters visiting China on the invitation of Radio China International on Sunday, Mr Shaofeng said under China-Pakistan collaboration, a number of Chinese experts were working in Pakistan on scores of power projects.

He said solar energy projects had also been initiated in Pakistan by China and a 720MW Kohala project would be completed at the cost of $2 billion. The director said the Kohala project should have been approved in May 2009 by the Economic Coordination Committee but “We were told that due to negative propaganda by the media it got delayed for two years”.

He said the Three Gorges Project now belonged to the world but Pakistan being the close friend of China would be given priority to resolve its energy crisis.

“If the Pak-Chinese friendship does not turn into an economic friendship, I think it is of no good,” said Mr Shaofeng.

He said China was interested in investing Pakistan and a number of agreements had been signed between the two sides.

Sha Xianhua, vice president of the corporation, said China would always encourage investment in Pakistan in projects.

The delegation visited the site of Three Gorges. The project covers 3,800 kilometres on the River Yangtze. Its power generation capacity is 22,500 MW and transmits power to 11 provinces. One of the major purposes of the project was to safe China from floods. The other purposes of the project were to protect environment, agriculture and horticulture sectors.

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