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Jabban hydropower project to start generation by March 2013

The 22MW Jabban hydropower project, located in Malakand division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, will start generating electricity by March 2013, contributing 122 million units of low-cost electricity to the national grid, said WAPDA chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah during a meeting with an AFD delegation. The French development agency was headed by country director Nicolas Fornage and the meeting was held at WAPDA house on Wednesday.

Shah said that WAPDA was committed to optimum utilisation of water and hydropower resources in the country by constructing large, medium and small-sized projects. In addition to utilising local funds, support from international financial institutions was also vital for completion of these projects, he added.

Shah thanked the AFD for providing 25 million euros for Jabban hydropower project and expressed the hope that mutual cooperation will extend to other WAPDA projects as well.

Matters relating to funding the multi-purpose Munda dam, Harop, Basho and other hydropower projects were also discussed in the meeting.

Fornage appreciated the efforts made by WAPDA in completing the Jabban hydropower project despite the law and order situation in the area. He assured that mutual cooperation between the AFD and WAPDA would extend to future projects in the water and hydropower sectors.

He further said that the AFD had agreed in principle to launch an appraisal mission for providing 10 million euros for Munda dam project and another 2.5 million euros for capacity building of WAPDA.

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