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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

France contributes Euro 26.5 mln for rebuilding hydro power plant in Malakand

ISLAMABAD, Jul 27 (APP): France would contribute Euro 26.5 million for the rehabilitation of the Jabban Hydro-power plant in the Malakand and to finance technical trainings for WAPDA’s engineers. Agreement to this effect was signed here by Sibtain Fazal Halim, Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) on behalf of government of Pakistan while Daniel Jouanneau, Ambassador of France to Pakistan and Yves Mayet, Deputy Country Director of the French Development Agency (AFD) inked the financing agreement on behalf of their country here at EAD.

Under the agreement France would contribute 26.5 million Euros for the rehabilitation of the Jabban Hydro-power plant in the Malakand division and to finance technical trainings for Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) engineers.

Located on Swat canal in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Jabban is a run-of-the-river hydropower plant, located 45 kilometre from Mardan. It is one of the oldest hydro-power plants built in Pakistan.
The 19.6 Mega Watts capacity plant was built in two phases in 1937 and 1955 and discontinued its production after a fire broke out in 2006.

The good quality of the civil engineering, as evaluated by WAPDA and NESPAK engineers, allows to rehabilitate the infrastructure with updated standards, and to increase the capacity of the plant up to 22 MW.

As a member of the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan, France pledged 300 million Euros at the Tokyo ministerial conference last year.

After the signature of a soft loan of 20 million euros on July 9 for Energy Efficiency projects, the Jabban project demonstrates the French Government’s willingness to help Pakistan address its energetic challenges.

Four additional hydro-power plants projects are under study:

two by AFD and WAPDA in Gilgit Baltistan, 2 in Azad Jammu Kashmir through the Hydro Electric Board.
On this basis, in the near future, AFD’s expected funding in promoting hydro energy in Pakistan will reach about 240 million Euros for an installed capacity of 221 MW.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary EAD Sibtain Fazal Halim thanked government of France for helping Pakistan in overcoming its energy challenges.

He said that France is one of the important development partners of Pakistan and pledged 300 million Euro in the Tokyo conference and assisting Pakistan in important areas of water and energy sectors.
In his statement Ambassador of France to Pakistan said that his country is keen to help Pakistan to resolve the energy shortages.

He added that France is assisting Pakistan in the rehabilitation of power plant in Malakand which is affected by the conflict.

He further said that France has pledged 300 million Euro to Pakistan in the Tokyo conference and his country wanted to fulfill the pledges quickly.

The Ambassador said that France wanted to assist Pakistan in the building of hydro power projects two in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and two in Gilgit Baltistan.

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