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LAHORE: A joint venture of three companies led by a leading Canadian firm has almost been finalized by the authorities concerned to supervise the entire civil, electrical and other sorts of work for the country’s first ever mega project -- 660kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) Matiari-Lahore transmission line.

The agreement signing ceremony regarding award of the contract /appointment as owner engineer / consultant is likely to be held at the headquarters of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) Limited in Wapda house within next week (probably on October 17), according to an official source privy to the development.

The project is the first ever transmission line project being executed in the power sector under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It is being executed by a leading Chinese firm--China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company (CET)—after the government formally issued a letter of intent to it in February this year so that it could arrange finances/funds and start laying the line in collaboration with the NTDC and others concerned.

The government has already handed over the possession of the two chunks of land (one located near Balloki, Bhaipheru, Lahore (Punjab) and another in Matiari, near Hyderrabad (Sindh) to the CET—a company owned by the State Grid Corporation of China--for establishing convertor stations. Each piece of land measures 175 acres (each) and the same was acquired by the NTDC from the landowners.

Published in Dawn, October 13th, 2017