Pakistan has been facing the severe energy shortfall from a decade. Energy shortfall has already affected our major industries like textile and steel production units. We are short in both electricity and natural gas, creating more than 12 hours of load shedding daily and a deficiency in the provision of natural gas for house hold and commercial purposes.
As CPEC is a mega infrastructure and industrial project having a requirement of the huge amount of energy, so it is focused on providing the remedy for the energy problems. There are a number of projects approved by the Chinese and Pakistani governments in this regard and work on them has already been started.
The energy projects include 2 660 MW coal fired power plants in Port Qasim Karachi, Sukheki Kinara hydropower station of 870 MW, Sahiwal 2 660MW coal power plant, 1320 MW coal power plant at engro Thar, 50 MW wind-powered plant in Thatta, 300 MW imported coal based plant in Gwadar, 1000 MW solar power project in Bahawalpur, UEP 100 MW wind farm in Thatta, 50 MW wind power farm in Thatta, SSSRL 1320MW Thar coal power project, 720MW Karot hydropower station, 100 MW second and third Three Georges wind power, 1320 MW coal power at Hub, two transmission line projects in Punjab, 1320 MW Thar Mine Mouth Oracle Power Plant, 1100 MW Kohala Hydro power project, 1320 MW fuel powered project in Rahimyar Khan.
Along with the projects, there is the need of time to provide sense to the users in using energy. Conservation of excess amount of energy is as important as creating more amount of energy. Once these projects start operations, the energy shortfall will vanish and probably we will be having enough energy to cater the new industries.