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Work On Transmission Lines Under CPEC To Start Soon

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LAHORE: The construction work on 878-kilometer long HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) 660 Kilo Volt (KV) Matiari (Sindh)-Lahore Transmission Line Project worth USD 1.57 billion under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be initiated within next two month and would be completed within 24 to 30 months, said a source from National Transmission and dispatch Company (NTDC).

The 4000 MW power transmitted through through 660 KV HVDC Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line would be obtained from upcoming coal-based thermal power plants at Thar, Port Qasim and Hub.

NTDC spokesperson told that two HVDC 660 KV transmission lines from Matiari to Lahore and Port Qasim to Faisalabad were planned in the CPEC projects, and a cooperation agreement in this connection had also been signed between NTDC and State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC/CET). The HVDC projects would be executed in two phases under Government of Pakistan Transmission Policy-2015 on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis, he maintained.

The spokesman said HVDC Matiari-Lahore Project would be carried out in first phase, adding the project scope would be HVDC 660 KV Transmission Line from Matiari to Lahore, approximate 878KM, with capacity of 4000 MW; two Convertor Stations with AC (Alternate Current) Switching Stations at Matiari and Lahore; Electrode Grounding Stations at Matiari and Lahore.

He explained that Lahore Converter Station and associated AC Switching Station would be located 4-km west of Balloki, on Bhai Pheru-More Khunda Road, ie 60 km from Lahore, and that of Matiari would be located on National Highway, 8 km north from Matiari, village Siakhart (Sindh).