Power supply to Pakistan from China difficult: Chinese expert

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Beijing, Mar 26: Pakistan's plan to buy 4000 MW electricity from China may be difficult in view of the distance between the two countries, a Chinese expert said.

The route is a key issue, as Pakistan is a long way from China, Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University told state-run Global Times.


According to Pakistani media reports, China and Pakistan will sign an MoU concerning the export of 4,000 MW of electricity to Pakistan in soon.

Lin, said ultra-high-voltage (UHV) power transmission technology might be involved, as technology has enabled operators to dispatch electricity from one place to another in a grid network and over a long distance nowadays.

"China has rich experience in building grid networks in high-altitude, plateau regions," Lin said, citing existing networks in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

"If Pakistan is willing to see such a project done, I think that despite its difficulty, the project is feasible," Lin said.

"China faces a relative energy glut, so it has the desire to export some of its electricity. It is just like exporting goods such as garments and slippers and the price for electricity in countries such as Pakistan and India is very good," Lin added.


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