Chairman China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, Asim Bajwa, has announced over 1100 jobs across different categories at Thar Block-I, the $1.9 billion integrated coal mine and power project situated in Tharparkar.
According to Chairman CPEC, local residents will be accorded preference in selection on the basis of their qualifications.
1100 plus Jobs of various categories opened for a recently started #CPEC Project by Shanghai Electric at Thar Block-1.Locals to get preference subject to criteria/qualification. Plz apply on sites/addresses as on the flyer attached. #cpecmakingprogres pic.twitter.com/6SlubZj6Xo
— Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) August 27, 2020
The Thar coalfield stretches over 9,000 sq. km and has an estimated 175 billion tons of coal reserves, making it the 7th biggest coalfield in the world.
Thar Block-I project holds immense significance in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key part of the much bigger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Once operational, the project will supply 6.8 million tons of lignite, soft brownish coal, annually to two 660 MWs power plants. One of the power plants will be completed in August 2022 while the other will be inaugurated in February 2023.
Earlier this month, China, the world’s largest coal consumer, decided to ramp up development work on the Thar Block-I project after a diplomatic row with Australia converted into a trade war following the Australian Prime Minister’s call for an independent investigation into the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in late December last year.
In this regard, 500 workers of Shanghai Electric Power recently reached Pakistan to resume work on the Thar Block-I project after a few months of delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic.