IRPUR, May 17 -- Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) had initiated construction work on Jabban Hydropower Rehabilitation Project which would cost Rs. 3.7 billion and scheduled to be completed within one year,it was official declared. "AFD, a financial institution of France, is providing 25 million Euros for the project.
Once rehabilitated 22-MW Jabban Hydropower Project will contribute 122 million units of electricity per annum," WAPDA sources told APP on Monday.The sources continued that WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani, while speaking in a ceremony held at Jabban, Malakand division, revealed that WAPDA was implementing a two-prong strategy for optimum utilization of the indigenous hydropower resources to cope with growing demand of electricity in the country. On one hand, WAPDA was establishing a number of new hydropowerprojects on priority, while on the other hand, it was also engaged in executing refurbishment and rehabilitation of its aged hydel power stations, he said, adding, the strategy would help improving the ratio of low-cost hydel electricity in the National Grid to stabilize the power tariff.The Chairman said hydel power projects with a cumulative generation capacity of more than 1400 MW were under construction, while work on 4500-MW Diamer-Basha Dam - the largest project in the history of Pakistan - would soon be started. He said a consultancy agreement to carry out feasibility study for up-gradation of generating units of 1000-MW Mangla Power Station was awarded last month. The Chairman further said the selection of consultants for rehabilitation and refurbishment of 243-MW Warsak Power Station was also under process