76 Chinese technicians arrive for Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Project


ISLAMABAD, Aug. 10 (DNA) – A total of 76 Chinese technicians from China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co. Ltd. (CET) arrived here on the company’s second chartered flight for the ongoing Matiari to Lahore Transmission Line Project, Gwadar Pro reported on Monday.

Matiari-Lahore DC Power Transmission Project is a priority project under the framework of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

It is the first DC power transmission project in Pakistan and first local project open to foreign investment in power transmission and converting.

The project started on December 1, 2018, and was constructed by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China.

At present, a total of 1,069 Chinese and 1,505 Pakistani personnel have been engaged in the project.

Pakistan registered its first COVID-19 patient at the end of February, and the cases saw a spike in the following months.

During this difficult time, while doing a good job in COVID-19 prevention and control, the State Grid Corporation of China effectively promoted the resumption of work and production, and sent Chinese support technicians and anti-pandemic supplies to Pakistan via chartered flights.

It is learnt that the first batch of 130 support technicians arrived in Pakistan on June 10 for Matiari-Lahore DC Power Transmission Project.

“After two weeks of isolation, we started the project acceptance checks of converter stations at both ends.

Despite the language barrier and business differences between the two countries, we put forward a number of operation & maintenance and acceptance schemes, which were recognized by all parties involved in the construction”, said Wu Mingxing, one of the first batch of support technicians.

In the next step, State Grid will accelerate the construction of Matiari-Lahore DC Power Transmission Project to ensure that it would be put into operation as scheduled.