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PEDO to complete 5 hydel projects of 214MW in next four years

Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) will complete five hydel power projects of 214 megawatt capacity in coming four years, the official sources told Business Recorder. The under-construction hydel power projects are included 40MW Koto in Dir Lower. 11MW Karora New in Shangla, 10MW Jabori, Mansehra, 84MW Matiltan, Swat and 69MW Lawi project in Chitral.

The first three projects would be completed in the year 2020 while the remaining would be completed in 2022. Construction work on all these projects started during financial year 2015-16. The organization is presently operating four hydel power projects of the total capacity of 108MW constructed during MMA and ANP-PPP coalition governments of 2002-2007 and 2008-2013. These projects were included 81MW Malakand-III, 18MW Pehur Swabi, 1.8MW Shishi Chitral and 4.2MW Reshun Chitral respectively.

According to the officials of the PEDO, these projects are not only contributing to reducing loadshedding, rather also generating annual revenue of Rs 2.5 billion for the province.

During the PTI government, PEDO had completed three hydel power projects of 56.2MW capacity. These projects were included 36.6 MW Daral HPP Swat, 17 MW Ranolia HPP Kohistan and 2.6MW Machai HPP Mardan.

These projects have been connected with National Grid and Energy Purchase Agreement for Daral and Ranolia HPPs has been signed with Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA). Expected annual revenue from these projects is Rs 1.8 billion.

Out of the total 356 mini-micro hydel projects initiated by the PTI government during its previous stint, 277 have been completed while work on the remaining projects is full swing. These projects will supply electricity to 85,000 to 90,000 households.

The provincial government has also signed a loan agreement in February 2017 with Asian Development Bank (ADB) amounting to US$ 237 million for the provision of clean energy to remote mountainous areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through construction of 672 mini-micro hydel stations on the rivers, streams and canals.

The programme also included solarization of 8000 schools and 187 basic health units (BHUs).

Under the new initiatives initiated during fiscal year 2018-19, the KP government has agreed to construct 300MW Balakot HPP, district Mansehra through ADB financing. The PC-I, amounting to Rs 85 billion has been approved by the ECNEC. The loan agreement will be signed in September this year.

Similarly, the World Bank (WB) will finance three projects of 179MW capacity that include 47MW Barikot Patrak HPP Dir, 22MW Patrak Shringal HPP Dir and 110MW Gabral Kalam HPP Swat respectively. The PC-II amounting to US$ 4.00 million for preparatory advance has been cleared by Provincial Working Development Party (PWDP) and Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and will be placed in the next ECNEC meeting for approval.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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