Pakistan’s first CPEC hydropower plant is now partially operational. The Karot Hydropower Station, the first hydropower project within the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has reached another milestone by completing 95 percent of its construction work.
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The CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer-long infrastructural corridor connecting northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to Pakistan’s Baluchistan province’s Gwadar Port.
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On the banks of the Jhelum River in Punjab, the power plant is located. With a capacity of 7,200 megawatts installed, it has the potential to create over three billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year.
Apart from providing work for Pakistanis, it will also reduce the cost of electricity. The Chinese firm China Three Gorges Corporation has invested $1.7 billion in the project.
Once completed, the hydropower project is estimated to contribute to a reduction of 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in Pakistan each year, according to Chinese media. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in April 2022.
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