Chinese company to set up 1.8 GW solar generation, manufacturing plant in Pakistan

By Fatima Javed | Gwadar Pro Apr 6, 2023

BEIJING, Apr. 6 (Gwadar Pro) - A Chinese energy infrastructure construction company, Energy China (CEEC), is interested in setting up a 1.8 GW solar generation plant and manufacturing facility in Pakistan while building its regional headquarters in Islamabad.  

This was told by the Chairman of Energy China International Group, Lv Zexiang during a meeting with the Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary at the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing. 

According to the Planning Ministry, the Minister invited the company to also consider building a manufacturing facility for solar power equipment. 

During the meeting, the Planning Minister underscored the importance of energy projects which have enabled Pakistan to overcome its energy shortages. He said that people will never forget this critical support from China. 

Chairman Lv Zexiang appreciated the support of Minister Ahsan Iqbal for energy projects in Pakistan. He assured the Minister of their long-term interest in Pakistan and investment in solar energy. 

Minister Ahsan Iqbal appreciated China’s long-standing partnership with Pakistan and carrying out many important projects under the CPEC framework for enhancing Pakistan’s energy infrastructure including Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-power Plant, Jamshoro and Hub Coal-fired power plant, and Jhimpir Wind Farm. 

The Minister briefed them on the Prime Minister's ‘solar energy initiative’ for which foreign investors would be given special incentives. He invited the Chinese companies and enterprises to benefit from this new policy. 

The Minister also requested the company to set up this regional engineering design center in Pakistan employing talented and skilled professionals. He assured the Chinese investors of the government’s full support and facilitation and extended an invitation to Chairman Lv to visit Pakistan for further discussions on the proposed projects.

During his stay in Beijing after attending the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2023, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal had in-depth conversations with representatives of various Chinese enterprises and think tanks.

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