STAFF REPORT LHR: The 22MW Jabban Hydropower Project, located in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, will start generation power by March next, contributing 122 million units of low-cost electricity to the national grid.

“WAPDA is committed to optimum utilisation of water and hydropower resources in the country by constructing large, medium and small-sized projects,” WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas said this at meeting with a delegation of AFD – the French Development Agency.

In addition to utilising local funds, he added, the support by international financial institutions is also vital for completion of these projects. He appreciated the AFD for providing 25 million Euros for Jabban Hydropower Project and hoped that mutual cooperation would further enhance for other WAPDA projects as well.

The matters relating to funding the multipurpose Munda Dam, Harop, Basho and other hydropower projects were also discussed in the meeting.

The AFD Country Director 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 AFD and WAPDA would continue for the future projects in water and hydropower sectors. He said, the AFD agrees in principle to launch 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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