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CDWP approves Rs103 bn projects

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Monday approved 13 projects costing around Rs103 billion including Rs8.2 billion foreign aid relating to the energy sector.

Minister for Planning and Development Prof. Ahsan Iqbal chaired the CEWP meeting.The CDWP is authorised to approve projects costing up to Rs1.0 billion. Projects costing over Rs1 billion are to be approved by Ecnec. Eight projects costing Rs101 billion, each costing over Rs1.0 billion, were recommended by the CDWP to Ecnec for consideration/approval, says a press release.

The CDWP approved the PC-II to conduct feasibility study for Gaddani Power Project costing Rs100 million. The cost of the feasibility study will be provided from the PSDP.For the construction of Energy Park to produce 6,600 MW electricity at Gaddani. A Company Pakistan Power Park Management Ltd. fully owned by Govt. of Pakistan has been established to arrange finances through Special Purpose Vehicle to finance projects at Gaddani.

Three hydropower projects sponsored by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government namely Sharmai (150 MW) Hydropower Project costing Rs33 billion, Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) of Shogo-Sin HPP District Chitral costing Rs27 billion and Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) of Shushgai HPP District Chitral costing Rs29 billion were recommended by the CDWP for approval of the Ecnec.

A total of 425 MW electricity would be produced. These projects would be financed on public-private partnership mode – 10% of the cost would be borne by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government from its resources whereas 90 percent of the cost would be arranged by the private sector.

Under the Punjab’s Renewable Energy Development Sector Investment Programme, the revised PC-Is of construction of five hydel power stations (Run of River Hydropower Projects) each at Chianwali, Pakpattan, Deg-out, Marala and Okara together costing Rs12 billion having total capacity of over 24 MW were considered and recommended by the CDWP for the Ecnec approval. The 80 percent cost of these projects would be met from the ADB loan.

Two projects of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission — Detailed Exploration of Uranium Resources in Bannu Basin and Kohat Plateau, Phase-II, (ii) Detailed Exploration of Uranium Resources in Dera Ghazi Khan – Phase-VIII costing Rs634 million and Rs726 million, respectively were approved by the CDWP today.

A revised PC-I of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority titled Establishment of National Dosimetry and Protection Level Calibration Laboratory (NDCL) was approved by CDWP. In addition to the above, the following concept clearance of proposals was also considered by CDWP:

Conversion of FO/Gas fired boilers to coal of 450 MW Units 1&2 Thermal Power Station, Jamshoro Conversion of FO / Gas fired boilers to Coal of 1350 MW Units 1-6 Thermal Power Station, Muzaffargarh.

Installation of new coal-fired power plants having capacity of 2×660 MW at Jamshoro Implementation of Dassu Hydropower Project KASA 1000 Power Project.The committee decided after extensive discussions that construction of water reservoirs is very important for the future of the country. The committee therefore noted that Diamer Bhasha Dam takes precedence over all other projects in the water sector. Due to financial crunch, the committee concluded that the government should first build Diamer Bhasha Dam water reservoir that would not only make available water for irrigation purpose, but also make additional water available during off season for Tarbella and other projects for generation of electricity when the water availability for hydel power generation reduces.

To overcome financial crunch, the CDWP decided that the private sector should be encouraged to finance infrastructure projects.The minister said the government’s priority was to make the country self-sufficient in cheap and affordable energy. He further stated that water and energy are backbone of the government’s policy. He stated that if a proactive approach was not adopted for building water reservoirs, the country may face a bigger problem in 10 years than what is being faced for energy today.Ahsan advised the participants that PC-I should be prepared with due diligence in consultation with all stakeholders to avoid frequent changes in PC-I at the implementation stage.

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