CPEC transmission project promotes socio-economic development of Pakistan in green way – Xinhua

Technicians work at the Lahore converter station of the ±660 kV Matiari-Lahore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the outskirts of Lahore, in the eastern province of Punjab in Pakistan, May 25, 2022. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal)

The Matiari-Lahore High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Line project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has brought green and clean electricity to Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD, June 5 (Xinhua) — Muhammad Haris Mahmood, a 27-year-old Pakistani operating staff working at the Lahore Converter Station of the ±660 kV Matiari-Lahore High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Line Project , is delighted to find the project a great platform to hone his technical skills while working with his Chinese colleagues.

“I am very proud to work on this first HVDC project in Pakistan,” Haris told Xinhua. “This project is the backbone of our transmission system. I am amazed at the reliability and stability this project has brought to our electrical system.”

As a key project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Project was completed by Pak Matiari-Lahore Transmission Company (Pvt) Limited and started commercial operation in September 2021. It has the maximum electricity transmission capacity of 35 billion kilowatt hours per year.

Haris is one of 38 Pakistani employees who work year-round with the 23 Chinese employees at the Lahore converter station to keep the project running smoothly.

Photo taken on Sept. 6, 2021 shows a view of the Lahore converter station of the ±660 kV Matiari-Lahore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the outskirts of Lahore in the eastern province of Punjab in Pakistan. (State Grid Corporation of China/Handout via Xinhua)

“We adopt a mentor-apprentice training methodology in our work, in which Chinese employees provide one-on-one workshops to Pakistani employees to help them quickly develop their operation and maintenance skills,” said Wu Mingxing, the Chinese supervisor of operation and maintenance at the station.

From personnel training to equipment assistance, the 886 km long Matiari-Lahore transmission line project has many Chinese characteristics. It was invested, built and is operated by the State Grid Corporation of China in accordance with Chinese standards, with about 98% of the project equipment supplied by Chinese companies.

“The project is guided by the concept of green and low-carbon development that China actively practices. It has brought green and clean electricity to Pakistan,” said Yuan Jie, deputy director of the construction department, d operation and maintenance of the Pak Matiari. -Lahore Transmission Company (Pvt) Limited.

“Large capacity, long-distance transmission, high efficiency and low loss are the project’s four main advantages, ensuring its environmental impact is minimized,” Yuan said.

Photo taken on May 25, 2022 shows a view of the Lahore converter station of the ±660 kV Matiari-Lahore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the outskirts of Lahore, in the Eastern Province of Punjab in Pakistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal)

Insufficient power has always been a sore spot that plagues Pakistan’s economic development. The transmission line project solved a lack of electricity in about 9.3 million Pakistani households, and about 7,000 jobs were created for residents during the construction of the project.

“The transmission project has alleviated the employment problem of part of the local low-income population, and its long-term benefits will be evident and beneficial to the people of Pakistan,” said Usman Ali Ashraf, CEO of Kamran. Steel in the eastern city of the country. of Lahore, told Xinhua.

“Made in China” and “Chinese technology” have taken root in Pakistan through the transmission project, which constantly helps to improve Pakistan’s power grid and promote the country’s socio-economic development,” said Qu Wentao, manager of the Lahore converter station. Station.

“It is one of the best examples of China-Pakistan friendship through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and CPEC projects,” he said.