China Demands More Fiscal Incentives as Dues from Pakistani Projects Hit Rs529 Billion

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Islamabad: Amid mounting concerns over Chinese investments in Pakistan, outstanding dues from Chinese power plants have reached a staggering Rs529 billion, reflecting a strained financial relationship. Beijing is pushing for enhanced fiscal benefits within the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to bolster investment. The first meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Chinese Investment Projects (CCoCIP) highlighted Pakistan’s…

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Power Division Authorized to Withdraw Rs4 Billion from PERA for Chinese IPP Payments

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ISLAMABAD: The Finance Division has granted permission to the Power Division to withdraw Rs4 billion from the Pakistan Energy Revolving Account (PERA) for the exclusive payment to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for January 2024, according to reliable sources. On February 7, 2024, the Power Division sent an Office Memorandum (OM) to the Finance…

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Chinese IPPs’ Dues Soar to Record $1.8 Billion, Straining Pakistan-China Relations

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s outstanding dues to Chinese-backed power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have surged to a record Rs493 billion or $1.8 billion as of last month, marking a staggering increase of 77% within seven months. The significant rise in dues during the caretaker government’s tenure poses a serious challenge for Pakistan’s economic ties with Beijing. Sources revealed to…

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PPIB to Review Progress of Azad Pattan Hydropower Project Tomorrow

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The Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) is set to convene a meeting tomorrow to assess the status of the Azad Pattan Hydropower Project, a 770.7 MW venture located on the River Jhelum, jointly developed by a Chinese company. The project, spearheaded by Azad Pattan Power Pvt Limited (APPL), a subsidiary of China Gezhouba Group, has faced delays, prompting the PPIB…

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Aramco Refinery Likely to Join CPEC Framework

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According to well-informed sources within the Petroleum Division, the government is considering the inclusion of the $10 billion Saudi Aramco refinery project within the framework of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A meeting held on December 22, 2023, between Pakistan’s Deputy Ambassador in Beijing and key officials from Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) discussed Aramco’s proposal to involve Sinopec as…

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Commitment for CPEC success renewed

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ISLAMABAD: Pakis­tan and China on Monday renewed their commitment for the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the two sides expressed their desire for enhanced cooperation in the areas of information technology, economy, agriculture, and human resource development. Both sides expressed this resolve during a series of meetings of visiting China’s Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong with President Arif…

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Gwadar coal-fired project: Inter-ministerial committee formed to review progress

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ISLAMABAD: The government is said to have constituted an inter-ministerial committee to review the progress of the 300 MW coal fired project at Gwadar and suggest a way forward to expedite the project or suggest an alternative source of power supply to Gwadar area if Chinese company fails to renew Performance Guarantee (PG) by March 21, 2024, well-informed sources told Business…

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Side pact with coal-fired IPPs: ECC refuses to extend support to Power Division

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ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has reportedly refused to extend support to the Power Division to sign side agreement with other coal-fired IPPs except Port Qasim Electric Power company (PQEPCL), insisting that the case of Sahiwal coal power plant be submitted separately, well informed sources told Business Recorder. Sharing the details, sources said at a recent meeting…

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Suki Kinari hydel project: Delay in power evacuation to attract LDs, govt warned

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (MoPD&SI) has warned the government that any delay in evacuation of power from $2 billion 884-MW Suki Kinari hydel project being established under CPEC will attract Liquidity Damages (LDs), well informed sources told Business Recorder. Secretary Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Awais Manzur Sumra sent this unambiguous message to Secretary Power Division.…

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