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Gwadar natural disaster: Gwadar Port gets equipment of early warning system​

By Yasir Habib Khan | Gwadar Pro
Apr 5, 2024

GWADAR - In the wake of China’s unflinching commitment to help Pakistan mitigate detrimental impacts of natural disasters like catastrophic flood, torrential rain as well as metrological hazards, Gwadar Port has received equipment of early warning system on April 3.

After equipment’s installation and functioning at Gwadar Port, next beneficiary areas are Jiwani and Turbat in Balochistan.

China Metrological Administration (CMA) has doled out the equipment to Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD). The equipment includes the establishment of one mobile vertical observation system, one Beidou Navigation sounding station and three automatic weather stations (AWS) including two backup Aws and large screen.

Talking to Gwadar Pro PMD official said that CMA-PMD collaboration is a part of boosting CPEC capacity for emergency management of major metrological disasters under the Belt and Road Initiative.

He revealed that CMA is also assisting PMD for enhancing its institutional capabilities to meet the emerging hydro-metrological challenges. “CMA will help PMD strengthen metrological observation network along the CPEC route in Pakistan,” he added.
 

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Govt greenlights “Gwadar rail freight connectivity”​

Yasir Habib Khan | Gwadar Pro
Apr 7, 2024

GWADAR - In a major development, the Pakistani government has green-lighted the mega project “Gwadar Rail Freight Connectivity” that aims to link Gwadar Port with the rest of the country, especially the Balochistan hinterlands.

The Gwadar Rail Freight Connectivity, under the Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan, will reinforce inland connections, enhance cargo flows, and ensure Gwadar's competitiveness as a newly emerging modern port.

It will also unlock environmental benefits by reducing the logistics and transportation carbon footprint through train freight movement, including cargo loading and unloading from the sea leg.


In this regard, Pakistan Railways and the Gwadar Port Authority have already carried out a detailed survey outlining the framework for laying down the railway track and allied structures. According to the master plan of Gwadar city and port, the track is planned for construction along Koh-e-Batil and the Eastbay Expressway.

The proposed track will connect the berths of Gwadar port with the main railway yard of Gwadar, which will be extended further upcountry. For this purpose, the Gwadar Port Authority and port operator have begun vacating the infrastructures along the route.

Following instructions from Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif, the Gwadar Development Authority has initiated efforts to acquire 50 acres of land, adjacent to the already acquired Pakistan Railway land, for the construction of a container yard.

A Gwadar Port Authority official stated that the Senate Committee on Maritime Affairs has deliberated on the crucial option of railway connectivity from Gwadar Port with the ML-1 and Quetta regions. During the deliberations, the committee envisioned rail connections as playing a pivotal role in facilitating trade and transportation, positioning Gwadar Port as a pivotal hub in both national and international logistics networks.
 

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GPA completes 80% work for 10 MW electricity to Gwadar North Free Zone​

Gwadar Pro
Apr 21, 2024

Almost 80 percent work has been completed to provide 10 Mega Watt (MW) electricity in Gwadar North Free Zone, a shot in the arms for investors and companies desperately seeking power supply since the establishment of Gwadar North Free Zone. Gwadar Port Authority as executing agency will complete entire work in the third week of May.

Instead over the ground, 300 meters long underground power cables are being laid down from Deep Sea Port grid station with a sub-station recently constructed at the entrance of North Free Zone. The sub-station has the control panels, HT room and cabinets to manage supply of electricity to the factories in the zone.

From the sub-station a 5 km long 132 KV distribution line carrying two feeders of 5 MW each are being laid. On reaching the factories' premises inside North Free Zone where companies including Han Geng and Agven are operating, step-down transformers will be installed to supply electricity as per their demands. Sigma, a Karachi based company is constructing the distribution network in the Gwadar North Free Zone.

Gwadar Prot Authority (GPA) official told Gwadar Pro that in light of joint feasibility survey conducted by Quetta Electric Power Supply Company (QEPSC) and China Overseas Ports Holding Company (COPHC), Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) is executing the entire process with full throttle. Power supply will start from Gwadar Port Grid Station to main entrance of North Free Zone, he explained.

"The Deep Sea Port sole Grid Station was established in 2019 exclusively for Gwadar port and Free Zone through 3 feeders. Since inadequate power was available at the disposal of the QEPSC, Grid Station had to rely on diesel generators for production of thermal power using expensive fossil fuel at high cost in past," he added.

On a query, he said, "after power supply work completes the good news is that we will turn off 8.5 MW Diesel Generator and will link up Gwadar Port's sole Grid Station with three sources."

"One source is national grid station of Quetta. Second source is Gabd-Remdan of Iran border. Third source is Nag-Besima section of another Iran Border," he added.

COPHC official said that as matter of fact electricity being produced through 8.5 MW Diesel Generator costs around Rs. 90 per unit. However, after availability of 10 MW power in Gwadar North Free Zone, electricity cost to will be around Rs. 55 per unit. It means investors and factory owners will enjoy the saving of around Rs. 35 per unit. This will directly Impact financial leverage and production growth not only for current enterprises but also for potential investors," COPHC official said.
 

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GWADAR, May 3 (Gwadar Pro) - Since the finishing work of New Gwadar International Airport is in high gear, China Airport Construction Company (CACC) has successfully constructed “Modern Residential Complex”, the last and final development that marks the completion of mega civil work of NGIA.

The “Modern Residential Complex” comprising four residential buildings, a school and hospital will be used by designated officials of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Pakistan.

With a centrally air-conditioning system, NGIA’s Modern Residential Complex has been facilitated by uninterrupted power dispensation, sewerage network and potable water pipelines. And Wi-Fi system is also in offing.

Besides, green area is also being developed around the residential complex to ensure healthier and liveable infrastructure and to make the outlook environment-friendly for the dwellers. In the first phase, trees will be planted inside and outside the complex. Tree plants on designated patches will be grown to bolster the green ecosystem.

The government has also planned to get NGIA inspected by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other security agencies like European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure the implementation of security standards.
 

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GWADAR, May. 4, (Gwadar Pro)-
On Saturday, May 4th, 2024, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh inaugurated the Agriculture Industrial Park in Gwadar Free Zone, established by China’s Hangeng Agricultural Group.

Maritime Minister inaugurates Industrial Park in Gwadar Free Zone


Liao highlighted the upcoming phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is expected to further boost Gwadar’s growth. He expressed heartfelt gratitude to the China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC), Gwadar Port Authority (GPA), Customs, and the Army for their invaluable assistance during challenging times.

"The commitment remains strong to realize the vision of Gwadar’s economic advancement and improve the lives of its people. The newly established manufacturing factory in Gwadar will export 100 containers of pharmaceutical material each month to China. The company is providing employment opportunities to more than 100 workers in Gwadar," he added.

The focus is on promoting local employment and strengthening the agriculture industry in Gwadar. He congratulated on the successful opening of Hangeng company and the inauguration of the Gwadar Free Zone industrial park.

During the three-day visit to Gwadar, the Federal Minister will review several significant projects.

These include the progress on the ......
Gwadar International Airport,
The 1.2 MGD desalination plant,
The Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute,
The Pak-China Friendship Hospital in Gwadar,
The Gwadar Port Dredging Project.
 

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GWADAR: Two 50,000 tonne vessels namely V Rich and Veruda berthed at Gwadar Port carrying Russian wheat. Gwadar Port will handle and process 450,000 metric tonnes of Russian wheat.







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GWADAR: Two 50,000 tonne vessels namely V Rich and Veruda berthed at Gwadar Port carrying Russian wheat. Gwadar Port will handle and process 450,000 metric tonnes of Russian wheat.



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We should look at what the port of Gwadar could link with to make these kinds of cargo transport economically viable.

First, Gwadar will need a rail link to Karachi to economically ship goods to a from the majority of the Pakistani population. A second rail line to Reko-Diq will give it the potential to be a city build on mineral processing.

As for shipping in and out Russian wheat, if we look at what Turkey and Iraq are doing. We should hope the Al-Faw port in Iraq gets fully built sooner than 2041. Russian wheat via Turkey and Iraq to Gwadar could make Gwadar a viable trans-shipment port for ships to smaller ports and large markets in Africa. Gwadar could be in the middle of a lot of business with the right amount of investment and vision.

Iran might become more of a Pariah, and that might help the prospects of a Gwadar-Al Faw Bypass route.

 

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Gwadar women garment factory goes full steam ahead​

Gwadar Pro
May 20, 2024

GWADAR - The Gwadar Women Garment Factory, also known as the Gwadar Women’s Development Employment Center, has increased its efforts to obtain orders from public and private enterprises after four years of operation at Gwadar Port.

The factory was established in collaboration with the Chinese Consulate in Karachi and the China Overseas Port Holding Company. It is ready to fulfil and deliver the orders of tailor-made uniforms of employees of national and multinational companies.

Talking to Gwadar Pro, Ms. Zaitoon Abdullah, the factory’s supervisor, stated that the factory’s female workers have developed the necessary skills to meet production standards.

She noted that the factory has been producing uniforms for workers of Chinese companies at Gwadar Port for the past four years. She further mentioned that the factory is focusing on embroidery to increase revenue and described the Gwadar Garment Factory as a successful case of enhancing women’s empowerment in the region.

Zaitoon commented on the career opportunities at the factory, noting that tailoring offers a viable career path for creative women in Gwadar who are skilled in fabric work. She emphasized that the women employed at the factory are poised for a promising career in Pakistan’s garment industry.

The factory was initiated as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to impact gender equality and women’s empowerment in the beneficiary countries. “This factory aligns with China’s commitments to advancing women’s mainstreaming and empowerment under the BRI framework as stipulated by international law,” stated a Chinese official at Gwadar Port.

The facility is equipped with necessary sewing tools and features an environment conducive to productivity, including a well-lit ambiance, a management room, and a store. It has become a focal point in the community for offering training opportunities to unskilled women and for allowing semi-skilled tailors to refine their skills according to contemporary standards.
 

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