China PV "takes root" in the economic corridor between China and Pakistan
2017-12-14

On the fringe of the Joliistan desert in Punjab, Pakistan, there is a spectacular "blue ocean." It quietly converts the rich light energy here into electricity for the profit of the local people of the nearby Bahawalpur region.

 

This piece of "Blue Ocean" is the first phase of a Pakistani 300 MW PV power plant constructed by China Metallurgical Group Co., Ltd. This project is one of the priority implementation projects of the CMB Economic Corridor and the earliest energy project put into operation in the corridor project.

 

Profitting from the high installation speed and standard, excellent environmental protection and localization measures, this photovoltaic project won the Luban Prize, the highest engineering quality in China's construction industry, in November this year. This is also the first time since the establishment of the CMB A project that won this award.

 

Since its completion in June last year, the PV power station has generated a total of about 730 million kwh of electricity and has become the main power supply facility for nearly 280,000 households in Bahawalpur.

 

Bahawalpur, on the edge of the desert, has harsh natural conditions with summer temperatures reaching above 50 degrees Celsius and most families relying on electric fans to spend the summer. Muhammad, who lives in Bahawalpur, told that in the summer the power cut was delayed 12 hours a day, while the power cut of a 300 MW project was shortened to about two hours a day, allowing them to spend the summer more comfortably. They are very happy.

 

In the project park site, rows of polycrystalline silicon solar panels neatly arranged. The first batch of 50-megawatt photovoltaic panels was built according to the current situation. The task, which took only half a year to complete, was completed in just two and a half months and created a miracle of "China's speed" in the Pakistani desert. The subsequent 250-megawatt photovoltaic panel was installed on a level surface. The distance between each photovoltaic panel and the level of almost exactly the same, tens of meters long line up almost a straight line, such installation standards have reached or even exceeded the international standards.

 

Some photovoltaic panels in the park are also equipped with advanced solar automatic washing machines, which can automatically clean the dust on the photovoltaic panels regularly to ensure the photovoltaic power generation efficiency. This is also mainly due to refined construction standards.

 

In addition to excellent construction quality, the project's environmental protection measures are also a bright spot. In order to increase the environmental protection, the project address was chosen in barren saline land and did not occupy the limited cultivated land in Pakistan. At the same time, in order to prevent sand and wind, the project also planted low vegetation around the booster station to meet the local government's environmental protection requirements for the project.

 

In the Punjab province where the project is located, the air quality has been seriously reduced and the problem of haze has been aggravating. Therefore, reducing emissions of high-power fuel generation, the development of clean energy is the local optimization of energy structure, the inevitable choice to reduce air pollution, and zero emission of solar energy is one of the options.

 

It is understood that a 300-megawatt photovoltaic generating capacity of about 480 million kwh, with the same generating capacity of thermal power plants, saving 153,600 tons of standard coal a year. In addition, solar power generation can reduce atmospheric pollutant emissions, save fresh water resources and deal with environmental costs such as waste residue.

 

The project also actively stimulated local employment and created more than 5,000 local jobs at the peak of the construction period. Construction materials, including cement and steel bars, are also purchased locally, to a certain extent, stimulating local economic development.

 

Gong Xiaobin, deputy manager of China First Smelter Pakistani Branch, said that this is the first new energy project to be undertaken by China Metallurgical. The construction not only adopted a number of domestic new technologies, but also developed a number of patented technologies that truly enabled the advanced Bringing technology into Pakistan, using the spirit of  technologists to build the CMB economic corridor.

 

At present, China's photovoltaic industry has matured, its share of overseas markets also gradually increased. With the development of "Belt and Road", it is also an inevitable trend for the photovoltaic industry to go abroad to seek greater market and development. Pakistan is short of electricity but has plenty of sunshine and plenty of land that is not suitable for cultivation. It has soil that allows the Chinese PV industry to take root here.

 

Gong Xiaobin said that Chinese enterprises that go abroad should demonstrate the excellent skills of Chinese enterprises with high standards and stringent requirements so as to better implement the "Belt and Road Initiative" and the "going global" strategy for enterprises.


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