LAHORE: The 22 megawatts (MW) Jabban hydropower project, located in Malakand division of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will start feeding electricity by March 2013, contributing 122 million units of low-cost electricity to the national grid, according to Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Raghib Abbas.
During a meeting with a delegation of AFD, the French Development Agency, headed by their Country Director Nicolas Fornage at Wapda house, he said that Wapda is committed to optimum utilisation of water and hydropower resources in the country by constructing large, medium and small-sized projects. In addition to utilising local funds, the support by international financial institutions is also vital for completion of these projects, he added. Abbas, thanking the AFD for providing 25 million euros for the Jabban hydropower project, expressed hope that mutual cooperation will further extend to other projects as well.
Fornage appreciated the efforts made by Wapda in completing the Jabban hydropower project and assured that the cooperation between AFD and Wapda will continue for future projects. He said that the AFD agrees, in principle to launch appraisal mission for providing 10 million euros for Munda Dam project and another 2.5 million euros for capacity building of Wapda.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2012.
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