Shanghai Electric launches massive campaign to vaccinate Pakistani employees in Thar

Karachi: Chinese company Shanghai Electric has launched a massive campaign to vaccinate its Pakistani employees in Thar city of the Sindh province.

“For Shanghai Electric, safety of our workers comes first,” commented Wang Xiaofan, Chairman of Sino Sindh Resources Private Limited (SSRL), an overseas subsidiary of Shanghai Electric.

The vaccination campaign was inaugurated by Wang Xiaofan. Also present at the occasion were other senior officials of Shanghai Electric’s local subsidiary companies along with officials of the Sindh Health department, said an official statement issued on Monday.

Shanghai Electric is at the helm of a mega project of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Shanghai Electric is currently developing coal mines and a major power plant in Thar Block-1. More than 5000 employees who are associated with the CPEC projects are being vaccinated.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected lives and businesses all over the world and our projects in Thar are no exception. We have been making all out efforts to keep everyone safe and the current vaccination campaign is a major part of this drive,” Wang Xiaofan said.

SSRL has taken experienced doctors and paramedic staff from Karachi to vaccinate the local employees in Thar. More than 400 workers will be vaccinated daily during the ten-day drive which was inaugurated.

Recently, Chief Executive Officer SSRL Li Jigen said that the Thar Coal Block-1 project, which is an important part of the CPEC, is making rapid progress despite all odds.

Li Jigen said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic and other obstacles, the mega project in Thar has picked up pace.

Almost 40 percent of work related to coal mining has been completed while construction work is also in progress on the power plant. Mining work would be completed by the end of 2021 and the first unit of the power plant would also start working from 2022. The entire project would be completed by 2023.