Pakistan Matiari – Lahore ±660kV HVDC Transmission Line Project - Details on ZAWYA MENA Edition
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added on: 15 March 2019

Pakistan Matiari – Lahore ±660kV HVDC Transmission Line Project

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Pak Matiari Lahore Transmission Line Co Ltd developed the Matiari – Lahore ±660kV HVDC Transmission Line that starts from Matiari, Sindh Province and ends in Lahore, Punjab Province Pakistan. The line would stretch 878 kilometers from Matiari, Sindh, to Nankana Sahib District near Lahore, Pakistan, of which 550.65 kilometers would be in Punjab province, and 314.9 kilometers in Sindh Province. China Electric Power Equipment & Technology Co. Ltd, (CET) was responsible for execution of the project through formation of a special purpose company, i.e. Pak Matiari-Lahore Transmission Company (Pvt.) Ltd. (PMLTC). State Grid Corporation of China was project contractor. The Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Project could be dated back to a Cooperation Agreement signed in April 2015 during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan. The Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) had issued Letter of Support (LOS) for the Project to PMLTC on August 4, 2017 and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) granted special purpose transmission license to PMLTC for the project on February 18, 2018. In December 2017 State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and the Ministry of Water and Power of Pakistan entered into relevant agreements on the project at the 6th Meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. In May 2018 a Power Transmission Service and Implementation Agreement was signed. In March 2019, fincial close was achieved. In December 2018 project construction work started. The project was expected to be completed in March 2021. The project was built on a BOT basis with 25-year operational life and afterwards will be transferred to the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC). The 660 kilovolt Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line project, the flagship project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, was first of its kind in the country and also the first being executed under government of Pakistan’s Transmission Policy 2015 on build, own, operate and transfer basis for 25 years. It would have a capacity to transmit more than 4,000 megawatts of coal-based electricity from projects in Sindh to Punjab.
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