Inside the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project, an open-pit coal mine with an annual lignite output of 7.8 million tons and a total capacity of 1,320 megawatts, is providing the most cost-effective energy to millions of Pakistani households.
Gul Hassan, a mining engineer with Sino Sindh Resources (Pvt.) Ltd. (SSRL), is carrying out routine safety checks. He proudly told Gwadar Pro in an interview after being named an outstanding staff member of CPEC projects by the Chinese embassy, “The Thar Block-1 project has been instrumental in transforming the lives of people in Thar.” “The opportunity to be a part of this desert energy oasis means a lot to me.”
While strictly implementing safety control measures for mining, stripping, dumping, and traffic in open pit coal mines himself, Gul Hassan also translated Chinese mine management materials such as “Coal Mine Safety Regulations” into English and Urdu and organized training for 5,000 Pakistani employees cumulatively, by specialty and by post.
Gul said the project management team has taken multiple measures to ensure safety, energy conservation, and emission reduction to maintain ecological balance. It normally carries out “safe production month” activities, organizes hidden danger screening, regulations, and competitions, and popularizes awareness of safety and environmental responsibility. Meanwhile, a clean and beautiful Thar is being built through afforestation and environmental protection techniques.
Thar is a relatively underdeveloped area. Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power Project has provided more than 18,000 direct employment opportunities for the locals, and Mazhar Ali Khan is one of those who, like Gul Hassan, has inspired the other staff and demonstrated the Thar spirit. As a bridge between the National Power Control Center (NPCC) and the operation team, Mazhar Ali Khan’s work has greatly contributed to the grid connection of the power station.