Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has witnessed signing of agreements between power division of Pakistan and State Grid Corporation of China, for construction of 878 kilometer 600 Kv HVDC bipole transmission line from Matiari to Lahore.The signing ceremony was held at the PM house in Islamabad.

Under the agreements, which are part of the Pakistan China Economic Corridor, two convertor stations with AC switching stations at Matiari and Lahore; two electrode stations at Matiari & Lahore each and three repeater stations along the route of the line will also be constructed.

The Prime Minister was informed that with the launching of “China Pakistan Economic Corridor” energy portfolio, planning for evacuation of power from the upcoming power plants, including Thar, Port Qasim, nuclear and at Hub, became a challenge for NTDC.

The project has a completion time of 27 months and commercial operation date has been fixed at March 1, 2021.