Pakistani cabinet body seeks proposal on electricity import from Iran: Pak media

Islamabad, Nov 18, IRNA - The Pakistani Cabinet Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has assigned the ministry concerned to submit a detailed proposal regarding the import of electricity from Iran to specifically meet the future needs of Gwadar port in south western part of the country, state media reported.

Briefing the media about the proceedings of the meeting of the cabinet committee held under the chair of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Special Assistant and Spokesperson to Prime Minister Musadik Malik said the participants discussed the CEPC projects in detail including power and water supply, construction of Gwadar airport, free port, extension of the port and development of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

He said the committee had asked the ministry concerned to furnish the proposal by coming weeks for import of the electricity from Iran for Gwadar.

He said though Pakistan had already been importing a minor chunk of electricity from Iran, but on barter basis, to avoid the violations of the international sanctions imposed on Iran.

To a question, he said Pakistan was ready to complete the gas pipeline project with Iran provided the international sanctions on Iran were lifted.

Malik said China had provided a grant worth Rs22.25 billion for construction of Gwadar International Airport and the preliminary design of the project had been completed. The work on the project would start by mid next year and would take another three years for completion.

He also said Gwadar port was being extended and three multipurpose berths would be added to the facility.

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