Pakistan approves LoI for 660 kV Matiari-Lahore transmission line project

Pakistan’s Private Power and Infrastructure Board has approved the issuance of a letter of interest (LoI) for the 660 kV Matiari-Lahore transmission line project, which is being developed by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company Limited under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The project involves the construction of an 878 km long, 660 kV high voltage direct current line connecting Matiari near Hyderabad to Nankana Sahib near Lahore. Of the total line length, 314.9 km falls in Sindh and the remaining 550.7 km in Punjab. The line will help in transmitting electricity generated from the coal reserves of Thar in Pakistan to urban centres in Punjab. The two converter stations at Matiari and Lahore will also be set up under the project. Civil works are expected to commence by March 2017, and the project is likely to be commissioned by October 2019.