ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong has said his country is ready to deepen energy cooperation with Pakistan.
“We can exactly feel the energy shortage that Pakistani people confront at present. We will like to work together with the Pakistani side to further deepen energy cooperation, including the identification of priority projects, construction of supporting facilities, and control of risks,” the ambassador told the inauguration ceremony of Port Qasim Thermal Power Project.
Here is the text of the ambassador’s speech: “It’s my honour to attend the inauguration of Port Qasim Thermal Power Project. This is the first project of the ‘early-harvest projects’ in energy sector in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. This is also the first thermal power plant built by Chinese companies with advanced technology. Our Chinese people say, “Well begun is half done.” Hope this project can serve as a good step forward of the economic corridor. On behalf of the Chinese government, I would like to express my warm congratulations on the successful inauguration of this project.
China and Pakistan enjoy an all-weather friendship and all round cooperation. The growth momentum of the China-Pakistan Strategic Cooperative Partnership has become more and more powerful. Our two governments have reached important consensus on planning and development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. On the second meeting of joint cooperation of CPEC, our two sides have decided to expedite the building of major projects in energy, infrastructure and economic development zones. The Chinese government encourages credible and competent companies to invest in Pakistan, and requests them to complete their projects on schedule, with high quality, quantity and safety.
China is ready to deepen the all-round energy cooperation with Pakistan. We can exactly feel the energy shortage that Pakistani people confront at present. Recently, China-Pakistan Joint Energy Working Group has convened a meeting. Both sides are actively planning to develop long-term energy cooperation between the two countries. Chinese companies show great interest in supporting Pakistan’s energy development. The relevant financing institutions also consider providing financing support to these energy projects. We would like to work closely with Pakistan to overcome problems of energy shortage together.
China is introducing advanced technique and management experience to Pakistan. Port Qasim Thermal Power Project is based on a world leading technology called supercritical coal-fired power generation technology. The Chinese equipment has advantages of high efficiency, high quality and low power heat consumption. This project is a real environmental-friendly power plant.
This power plant is also a testimony of joint collaboration among China, Pakistan and Qatar. I would like to thank our Qatari friends for their support and partnership. As the Chinese saying goes, “The flames rise high, when everyone adds fuel.” We hope that this new cooperation model of IPP can achieve success. We would like to see greater support from the international community to Pakistan for its peaceful, stable and sustainable development. We would also like to work together with the Pakistani side to further deepen energy cooperation, including the identification of priority projects, construction of supporting facilities, and control of risks.
I believe that with the deepening of China-Pakistan energy cooperation, from the power plants built by Chinese companies, there will be an endless stream of electric current added to the grid of Pakistan, there will be an endless stream of energy and impetus injected to the economic development of Pakistan, and there will be an endless stream of friendly emotions conveyed to more and more Pakistani families!
Ladies and Gentlemen, the building of China-Pakistan economic corridor will not only benefit our two countries and our people, but also benefit the development of the whole region. I do believe that, with our joint efforts, the time-tested China-Pakistan all-weather friendship will have a even bright future. Together we will build a community of common connection, a community of common development, and a community of common prosperity, and then a China-Pakistan ‘community of shared destiny’ will be forged.
Cheen Aur Pakistan Hemeisha Sati Hen! Shukria!”
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