720-MW Karot Hydropower project reaches construction stage

The 720-MW Karot Hydropower project, the largest hydropower project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has now reached its construction stage. The project, part of the China Three Gorges Investment Ltd, is said to generate 3.2 billion KW hours each year after its completion, which is set to provide electricity to around 2 million households in Pakistan. This is a significant milestone achieved, especially since the project comprises of 10% of Pakistan's total hydro-generation power.

The first hydropower investment project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Karot Hydropower Station, has entered the stage of comprehensive construction.

According to a Chinese media website, the construction has begun after successful completion of closure of the Jhelum River, on which the station is being constructed,

The hydropower station located in the Karot area of Punjab province is the first hydropower station constructed by Chinese enterprises following Chinese standards.

The project will generate clean power of 3.2 billion KW-hours each year after it is completed, which is equivalent to 10 percent of the total hydroelectric power of Pakistan in 2017.

The power output is enough to supply power to over two million Pakistani households and is expected to begin operation in 2021.