PESHAWAR: The provincial government has proposed 17 projects with a cumulative capacity of 2,825MW and costing $9,357 million to be included as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. It has hired a consultant for the 300MW Balakot Hydel Power Project to be launched with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), said Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Energy and Power Muhammad Atif.
While chairing a review meeting of the Energy and Power Department in Peshawar, he said that the contract for Sharmai Hydel Power Project is being given to a joint venture between Sapphire Electric and Sino Hydro of China.
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The meeting was briefed in detail regarding ongoing, new and proposed projects of the energy and power sector and certain decisions were taken in this respect. The meeting was informed on progress on Jaborri, Lawi, Karora, Daral Khwar and Matiltan power projects besides running of canal project and provision of electricity to flood-affected villages of Chitral District.
The meeting was told that two projects of the canal pilot project would be completed by the end of this month. The meeting was further told that solarisation of 8,000 schools and 182 BHUs would be made in collaboration with the ADB, while work on solarisation of 6,000 villages had already been approved.
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Atif while directing the quarter concerned for accelerating work on hydel power projects said that 150 out of 356 micro hydel power projects have been completed and the completion of remaining projects should be ensured by December 31, 2017 at all costs.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2017.
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