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WAPDA awards Rs. 10.6 billion contract to Chinese and Pakistani firms for civil, electro-mechanical works

WAPDA awarded a Rs. 10.6 billion joint venture (JV) comprising two Chinese and a Pakistani firm the contract for civil and electro-mechanical works to rehabilitate the Dargai Hydel Power Station.  

WAPDA General Manager (Hydel Development) Ihsan Ullah and an authorized representative of the JV, Nabeel Tahir, signed the contract on behalf of their organizations. Chairman WAPDA Engr Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd), Member (Power) WAPDA Jamil Akhtar, WAPDA officers, representatives of AFD, consultants, and contractors were also present at the contract signing ceremony. 

WAPDA is rehabilitating and enhancing the capacity of the Dargai Hydel Power Station with the Financial Support of AFD, France.

According to the contract, the Dargai Hydel Power Station will be rehabilitated in 3 years. On completion of the rehabilitation project, Dargai Hydel Power Station will generate 22 MW of green and clean hydel electricity. It will provide 130 million units of low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid annually.

The Dargai Hydel Power Station, located in Malakand, was constructed in 1952. After serving 72 years, it requires rehabilitation to continue operating.

WAPDA is implementing a two-pronged strategy for optimal utilization of hydropower resources in Pakistan. Under the plan, WAPDA is constructing new hydropower projects and rehabilitating and upgrading its old hydel power stations to maximize the ratio of environment-friendly and low-cost hydel electricity in the National Grid. Rehabilitation of the Dargai Hydel Power Station is part of the said strategy.

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