STAFF REPORT LHR: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has recently been signed between the Punjab government and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for mechanical mining of coal in the Salt Range.

Secretary Minerals Dr Arshad Mahmood signed the MoU on behalf of the Punjab government and Vice-President Jingkai on behalf of CMEC, says a press release issued here.

Under the agreement, the CMEC will carry out mechanical mining of coal in the Salt Range, to be used at coal-fired power plants, besides cooperating in development and economic use of the coal.

Present on the occasion, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif termed the MoU signing a welcome step and said 600 million ton coal reserves existed in Punjab which could be used in energy sector.He also said that the friendship between Pakistan and China has been converted into strategic partnership as a number of Chinese companies were investing in energy, infrastructure and other sectors in the country.

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