December 12, 2018 (MLN): Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed Project Implementation Letter (PIL) – 2 worth $78 million for Mangla Refurbishment Project, earlier today.
The USAID grant will be spent to undertake various works of Package V, VI, VIII and IX of the project. The PIL – 1 of $72 million for Mangla Refurbishment Project had already been signed between USAID and WAPDA in 2014.
WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (R) and USAID Mission Leader Jerry Bisson signed the letter, while WAPDA Members (Power) was also present on the occasion.
In view of the aging factor of the generating equipment and availability of additional water due to the raised Mangla Dam, WAPDA is implementing Mangla Refurbishment Project with an approved PC-I cost of Rs.52.224 billion. USAID is providing US$150 million as grant and AFD is providing Euro 90 million as loan for the purpose, while rest of the amount is being arranged by WAPDA through loans and from its own resources.
Mangla Refurbishment Project, on its completion, will enhance generation capacity of the existing Mangla Hydel Power Station from 1000 megawatt (MW) to 1310 MW, thus registering an increase of 310 MW.
It may be mentioned that WAPDA has been implementing a two-pronged strategy for optimal utilization of hydropower resources. Under the strategy, WAPDA has not only initiated new hydropower projects but has also been rehabilitating and upgrading its existing hydel power stations to maximize the ratio of environment friendly and low-cost hydel electricity in the National Grid
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