China’s Shanghai Electric struck a deal for a coal-fired power project, the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine Power, in Pakistan. The mine is expected to produce 7.8 million metric tons per year (mt/y) of coal, which will feed the power plant’s two 660-megaWatt (MW) coal-fired power plants. The mine and plant are expected to be operational in 2022. “Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company is a unique purpose vehicle of Shanghai Electric in Pakistan,” said Shanghai Electric Manager Qian Xiaolei. “We are pleased to help in bringing the country its first large-scale, local coal-based electricity project. We are also thankful to the local government for their support.” Thar Coalfield covers a territory bigger than 9,000km2 in the Thar Desert in the southeastern part of Pakistan’s Sindh Province.