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US financing energy projects

The United States is funding large-scale energy projects in Pakistan that will provide electricity to an estimated 2.5 million households by 2014.

According to figures provided by the US embassy here, the energy projects of the United States have already added 1,000 megawatts to the power grid — enough power to supply electricity to 2.5 million households (more than 14 million people).

An additional 200 megawatts will be added. Pakistan has a chronic shortage of electricity which affects all Pakistanis. The lack of electricity holds back businesses, hampers learning at school, disrupts functioning of hospitals and interrupts vital government services.

The Tarbela Power Station, which the United States helped build in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the 1970s, has been modernised.

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