Imam is mainly responsible for power, fresh water supply to Gwadar Port and free zone, as well as operation, maintenance of relevant machinery

LAHORE   -   Power supply is the basic guarantee for the normal operation at Gwadar International Terminals Limited. In order to ensure local production work and residents’ electricity consumption, all generating units in the power plant operate continuously, providing stable power supply for port equipment, factories and residential areas.

Once an ordinary field worker, Syed Muhammad Hussain Imam now works as the supervisor of the terminal engineering department at Gwadar International Terminals Limited. The open-minded man is mainly responsible for power and fresh water supply of Gwadar Port and free zone, as well as the operation and maintenance of relevant machinery and equipment.

When Hussain Imam first came to work in Gwadar in July 2015, the desalination plant and power plant facilities in the port area were outdated and not working properly. Thanks to his team’s efforts, Gwadar Port has now undergone tremendous changes. New terminal equipment have been installed and adjusted, office buildings have been renovated, wharf storage yards have been expanded, and desalination plant equipment has been introduced there.

Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Gwadar area suffers acute scarcity of water, with annual rainfall less than 4 inches. Now Hussain Imam’s desalination plant supplies fresh water to the entire port area. Starting in March, the temperature in Gwadar can reach more than 40 degrees Celsius, with the ground temperature soaring to nearly 70 degrees Celsius during the hottest days. Around August, there will be serious red tides in the waters near Gwadar, which can easily cause equipment failure at the desalination plant. In order to ensure fresh water supply in the area, workers need to repair equipment in the first time. 

Moved by the fact that China Overseas Ports Holding Company regularly supplies fresh water to local residents to alleviate their shortage of drinking water, Hussain Imam volunteered to join the construction of the fresh water supply pipeline and led his Pakistani colleagues to complete the work before the hottest days come.

In addition, Syed Hussain Imam is responsible for supervising container ship loading and unloading, and ensuring the operation and maintenance of bridge cranes at the docks. “We work as a team, now we have carried out intermediary trade to Afghanistan, LPG transportation, ocean-going fishery cargo transit, etc., which greatly increased the cargo throughput of Gwadar Port,” he said proudly. 

In June 2018, when Hussain Imam came to China for the first time and visited Tianjin, he was deeply impressed by this highly mechanised port.

“The construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has brought tangible benefits to the Pakistani people. I am very proud to be one of the builders of CPEC.