GWADAR FACTS SHEET
GWADAR DEEP SEA PORT – The first phase was completed by public sector with the Chinese assistance at a revised cost of $298 million. It included three multipurpose berths (602m quay length), one service berth (100m length), 4.35km navigable channel (11.6/12.5m deep), roads, plinths and transit shed, operational craft and equipment including navigational aids and shore-based port buildings and allied facilities. The phase-2 would be executed by private sector to accommodate 50,000 DWT container ships, 100,000 DWT dry bulk carriers and up to 200,000 DWT oil tankers, three container terminals (2010m quay length), one bulk cargo terminal (305m length), one grain handling terminal (305m length), one twin pier oil terminal (688m length), breakwater (600m length), approach channel (16./20m deep), back up areas, craft and equipment and building etc.
TRANSPORTATION OF CRUDE OIL – Pakistan is studying the prospects of transporting crude oil to China from Gwadar Port, across Baluchistan and NWFP, and through the mountainous regions of the Northern Areas, over the Khunjerab Pass to northwestern China. Pakistan has suggested building a railway as one option. Another option suggested by Pakistan is to use an upgraded Karakoram Highway to transport the oil in tanker Lorries.
AIRPORT – The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has earmarked 3000 acres (12 km²) of land for Gwadar International Airport, which
will be built 26 km away to the northeast of the existing airport towards Pasni and is likely to cost between $200-250 million. In the meantime there are plans to improve facilities at the existing airport.
TRANSPORT – This includes the 700 km Makran Coastal Highway, which is now complete. The road links Karachi with several ports along the coast including Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar and will be extended to the Iranian border in the future.
SAINDAK COPPER GOLD – The Saindak Copper Gold project will have capacity to produce over 12500 tons ‘raw copper’ daily. MRDL, a Chinese company, is doing the whole work. To ensure successful implementation of the mega project modern machinery, including rushers, smelters and other plants have been installed in addition to a 50 MW powerhouse.
GWADAR INDUSTRIAL ESTATE – The Balochistan government has provided 3,000 acres for Gwadar Industrial Estate. First phase of Gwadar Industrial estate has been completed. There will be approximately 2,000 industrial units in the Gwadar Industrial Estate providing employment to 30,000 workers. The federal government is urgently providing special Rs700 million funding to Balochistan to help meet 15 year water demand of the Gwadar Industrial Estate (GIE) through the installation of a foreign assembled desalination plant.
POWER GENERATION – A number of electric power generation projects are also being carried out in Gwadar and in its surroundings.The Quetta electric supply Company (QESCO), a subsidiary of the Wapda has geared up the work for building the power transmission line. It is expected to be completed soon.
RAILWAYS – Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said “The government is focusing on laying the Havelian-Kashghar (China) and
Quetta Qandhar (Afghanistan) railway tracks. In 2006, Ministry of railways announced that Gwadar will be connected to Pakistan railways network at an expected cost of $ 1.25 billion (Rs. 75-billion).
DRY PORT – China wants to set up a dry port near the Pakistan-China border, so that western China could also benefit from the Gwadar seaport and it will create a ribbon of economic activity and hundreds of new jobs along the proposed highway linking Gwadar with the Karakoram highway in the north.
GWADAR COAST CENTRE (GCC) – The Baluchistan Govt. and a UAE firm HRC signed an agreement under which Gwadar Coast Centre (GCC) would be established for the development of the port city. The mega project would be established at 2000 acres of land that would generate over 10,000 jobs. GCC would invest $3.2 billion. Three coast centres were already working in Norway and one in U.S.A. The project would be completed by 2014. The project would help making Gwadar a big international port city.