The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor is under-construction and partly completed economic corridor project to facilitate trade along a route that connects Kashgar and Gwadar through construction of network of highways, railways, and pipelines.
The project is worth nearly $51 billion including several sub-projects for technical, industrial and economic growth of both countries together.
Popular documentary channel, National Geographic has created a documentary to highlight CPEC and several included sub-projects in Pakistan. The documentary looks at these projects from an individual’s point of view and how it could help anyone.
It starts with the electric load shedding issue in Pakistan, how much it costs and how it is affecting the country’s population.
The documentary than slowly moves on to the Chinese industry developing transformers for girds and how they will be shipped through the Karakoram Highway, the central route connecting China and Pakistan. The documentary then talks about the Neelum Jhelum Dam Project and how it is the largest hydro-electric powerplant in Pakistan at 962,000 KW.
The video then talks about the longest underground tunnel in Asia and how it acts as a diversion underneath the dam structure. It then mentions about another 10km tunnel under construction under the mountain. The dam is being developed by the Chinese and Pakistani engineers and is the largest ever overseas project undertaken by China.
After the Neelum Jhelum, the coal power project, Port Qasim Coal Power Plant, aimed at supplying one-sixth of Pakistan’s electricity is mentioned. The project is being developed under CPEC and costs $2 billion and will start operating in 2017.
Similarly, the documentary then mentions the stats and details regarding other electric projects being developed under the CPEC, namely, Karachi-Chashma Nuclear Power Plant and Jhimpi Wind Farm.
Following that, the development on the Karakoram Highway and Gwadar Port are mentioned. These two projects are also being co-developed by Pakistan and China and hold major importance for the CPEC and Pak-China friendship. While the first shipments have already taken place, the central connecting road and other infrastructure development is still under process.
Take a look at the documentary below for more details: