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WAPDA plans to generate 20,000 MW till 2022: Chairman

Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Syed Raghib Abbas Shah on Friday said that WAPDA plans to generate 20,000 megawatt (MW) electricity till 2022. The projects would also bring the prices of the electricity down to Rs. 3 per unit from Rs 14, he said while talking to Pakistan Television. He said that 13 new small hydro power projects including Sadpara, Jinnah and Gomal Zam would be completed till 2013.

These projects would generate 400 MW electricity to facilitate people, besides helping the agriculture sector.

He said that Bunjee hydro project would produce 7000 MW, while Diamer hydro project would generate 4000 MW electricity.

He said that USAID, Asian Development Bank and International Development Bank and the United States would provide financial assistance for the mega projects.

Replying to a question, Chairman WAPDA said that in the past regimes, functional activities of WAPDA were given to some other institutions.

He said that WAPDA was presently only concentrating on hydro power generation projects, while PEPCO, HUBCO and CPPA were working to improve other areas of energy sector, like thermal and furnace sectors.

Replying to another question, he said there were two main reasons for energy shortage – line-losses and power pilferage. PEPCO had the responsibility to check the losses.

To a question he said that WAPDA has made a plan to manage flood disaster strategy for minimizing the losses.

He said that foreign companies and consultants were working on different power projects and they have been provided full security.

The Chairman said that Chinese, German and Korean companies are working on hydro power projects in the country.

He said that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on hydro projects would be signed between Khyber Pakhtunkhawa government and Korean companies soon. These projects will produce 1200 MW electricity, he added.

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