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Pakistan Karot Hydropower Project Provides Thousands of Jobs to Locals

By Muhammad Zamir AssadiINDEPENDENT PAKISTAN NEWS AGENCY|Nov 14,2022

ISLAMABAD – Qin Guobin, Vice General Manager of China Three Gorges International Limited (CTGI) and Chairman of CSAIL, has said that Karot Hydropower Project has provided 4,500 local jobs every year during the construction of the project.

According to the details, China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Ltd (CSAIL) held a “Public Open Day” event at the Karot Hydropower Project in Pakistan. Qin Guobin, Vice General Manager of China Three Gorges International Limited (CTGI) and Chairman of CSAIL, attended the event and made a speech.

The event participants included Pakistani government officials, the Karot Project community members, teachers, and students of surrounding schools. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

After seven years of transformation, the Karot Hydropower Project achieved full operation on June 29, 2022. After nearly five months of smooth operation, the first public Open Day of the Karot Hydropower Project was held, which welcomed the first group of visitors.

With the theme of “Clean Energy, Karot Hydropower Project around me,” the open day event led visitors to understand and visit the spillway, dam, power plant, and other facilities of Karot Hydropower Project through promotional videos and on-site visits, and interaction with project professionals, to experience the comprehensive benefits of the power project before and after its commissioning in providing clean energy, protecting the ecological environment, integrating into the local community and fulfilling social responsibilities.

During the event, CSAIL issued appointment letters to localized employees and launched a vlogging campaign of “China Three Gorges in My Eyes” among the new employees who had received the “China Three Gorges Corporation Scholarship.” In addition, school bags and stationery items were donated to the primary school students, and the students drew “Karot in my mind” on the graffiti wall with paint brushes to express their interest in the Karot Project.

During the hydropower project construction, China Three Gorges Corporation actively took the initiative to fulfill its Corporate Social Responsibility. They have built more than 20 public welfare projects for local communities, including schools, hospitals, and roads, carried out biodiversity conservation, and directly or indirectly provided more than 4,500 local jobs every year during the project’s construction. They have sponsored 33 students under their scholarship program to complete their undergraduate studies jointly at Chinese and Pakistani universities.

Participants had a tour of the hydropower station construction site. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

In his speech, Qin Guobin welcomed representatives of the Pakistani government, community members, teachers, and primary school students to visit the Karot Hydropower Project.

With a total installed capacity of 720 MW and an annual generating capacity of 3.2 billion kWh, the Karot Hydropower Project is expected to save 1.4 million tons of standard coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.5 million tons each year, which can meet the electricity needs of 5 million people in Pakistan and play an essential role in alleviating the power shortage in Pakistan, improving its energy structure and promoting the sustainable development of local economy and society and contribute to the global goal of “carbon neutrality.”

The Public Open Day in Karot signifies openness, inclusiveness, and integration. It is a vivid illustration of the China-Pakistan friendship. The China Three Gorges Corporation will continue to implement the goals of CPEC energy cooperation, provide more green energy for Pakistan’s socio-economic development, bring more benefits to the local people and make positive contributions to building a community with a shared future for humankind.

(Muhammad Zamir Assadi is a special Independent Pakistan News Agency correspondent.)

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