The Second Phase Of The River Closure Has Been Completed By The CPEC Hydropower Project
The Suki Kinari (SK) Hydropower Project in the country’s northwest has completed the second stage of river closure, ushering in a new stage of dam development.
The successful cutting of the Kunhar River’s main riverbed with the river redirected to a spillway is intended to establish water-free working areas for the development of the concrete dam of the power station under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is situated in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Jia Ancheng, general manager of China Gezhouba Group Overseas Investment Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the China Gezhouba Group Corporation that invests in and executes the project, credited the achievement to the Chinese and Pakistani constructors’ joint and hard efforts amid COVID-19.
The project began construction in January 2017 with a gross budget of about 1.96 billion US dollars and is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2022.
According to Huang Senlin, the project’s Director of Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment Management (QHSE), the CPEC project will annually produce 3.21 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, removing 1.28 million tons of coal and eliminating 2.52 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.