Five hydropower projects in Pak to inject 200 MW into grid
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs 5.13 billion for five hydropower generation projects to inject around 200 MW into the national grid. An official of the provincial government, while referring to the annual development programme for 2012-13 fiscal programme said that the provincial government as part of its action plan, worked out in 2010, had set aside Rs 5.13 billion for the five projects to boost hydropower generation in the province.
The Sarhad Hydel Development Organisation (SHYDO) is operating four other hydropower stations in the Malakand, Swabi and Chitral districts with a total installed capacity of 105 MW. The government of Pakistan had signed a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank for the development of hydropower potential in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the total revised cost of which was Rs 6,026.41 million.
Under the project, the SHYDO will construct two new projects with a total installed capacity of 20 MW. These projects are under various stages of implementation and will be completed during the next three years.