China Power Hub Generation Company (CPHGC) is set to commence construction of the 1,320MW coal-fired power plant in Hub, Balochistan, Pakistan.

CPHGC is a joint venture between Hub Power Company (Hubco) with 26% share and China Power International Holding (CPIH) with 74% interest.

The $2bn coal-fired facility is one of the projects being constructed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Hubco CEO Khalid Mansoor said that “at present, we are in the advanced stages of a historic, multi-billion dollar project to develop two 660MW plants based on imported coal and an ancillary jetty for coal transport near the existing Hub plant."

Expected to generate 9 billion kWh of cheaper electricity annually to power 4 million Pakistani household, the project is estimated to use 3.8 million tons of coal per annum to generate power, reported DAWN.

The project also includes construction of a dedicated Jetty Terminal alongside the existing power plant to import coal directly to the site.

The project, which will comply will all National Environment Quality Standards (NEQS) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) standards, will secure funding from China Development Bank (CDB)-led consortium of banks, reported Daily Times.

CPHGC chairman Huang Yuntao said: “Hubco will also ensure that industrial effluents discharged by the Project do not go beyond the limits set out by the NEQS, ensuring that there is no adverse impact on the marine ecology of the surrounding area.”

Hubco has already completed environmental and social impact assessment study for the project, which will feature two units each with 660MW capacity.