270 Chinese experts to assist in Suki-Kinari hydropower project

Around 270 Chinese experts are expected to arrive in Pakistan to assist in Suki-Kinari hydropower project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

As per the details, around 270 Chinese technicians from Chengdu – the capital city of China’s south west Sichuan province, will arrive in Pakistan via Air China on August 12 to assist and offer their technical expertise in the construction of Suki-Kinari hydropower project in KP.

The Chinese government had asked for special NOC accommodate their experts, and as such Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has already given a especial permit for the Air China plane CA555/6  to land in Islamabad on August 12.

Chinese officials have reassured that strict COVID-19 preventive and screening measures will be carried out and all passengers will be tested before departure from China.

Suki-Kinari hydro power project

The Suki-Kinari hydropower project is being constructed on the Kunhar river in Kaghan valley located in Mansehra District – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The project is a being built as a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and will generate 870 megawatts of electricity once completed.

The dam is expected to be 54.5 metres high and 336 metres wide when completed. The reservoir will span over 3.1 kilometres in length and will have a capacity to store 9 million cubic metres of water.

It will constitute two spill ways and four 218 megawatts turbines.

The project is expected to cost around US$ 1.9 billion and is scheduled to be operational by year 2022.