The JEWG ( Joint Energy Working Group) meeting discussed all energy generation projects and their financing . The Chinese are helping Pakistan with the following projects:
- Neelum Jehlum
- Khan Khwar
- Debai Khwar
- Allai Khwar
- raising of Mangla Dam
- Nai Gaj
- Suki Kinari
- Sindh-Engro Coal Mining and Power Project
- Sonda Jherruk Coal project
- AES import and coal project
- Nandipur thermal power
- Chichuki Malian thermal project, besides a host of alternate energy projects.
The first meeting of China-Pakistan Joint Energy Working Group (JEWG) focused on expediting the projects. The mechanism to deal with the joint projects was led by Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar led the Pakistani delegation, and Qian Zhimin, Deputy Administrator of National Energy Administration (NEA) of the National Development Reform Commission of China, led the Chinese side in the largely attended JEWG meeting.
Under the platform of JEWG, Chinese and Pakistan energy sector experts are deliberating upon latest energy developments and utilization practices.
To remove bottlenecks and for the implementation of energy projects on fast-track basis a ‘Green Channel’ would be introduced specifically for the Chinese companies. He said that the 1st JEWG meeting was very successful and it will be held periodically in both the countries. He said hurdles in implementation of any project would be removed by streamlining official channels.
JEWG dismissed Bharati concerns on various hydro power projects of Pakistan. 80 per cent energy projects in Pakistan are being implemented with Chinese assistance. These project will bring about an energy revolution in Pakistan. With the Iran-Pakistan pipeline coming into commission next year, half of the country’s needs will be met. The Iranian gas can actually be increased to meet more of Pakistan’s needs. With four Civilian Nuclear plants at Chasma beginning to churn out electricity, the Hydro Electric, Wind and Solar Energy projects will eliminate the energy crunch faced the industrial sector of Pakistan.