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Two million consumers to benefit as Tarbela Dam restoration project completes

Web DeskHARIPUR, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: US Ambassador Richard Olson joined WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah to recognize the completion of the US – funded Tarbela Dam restoration project. The restoration of three generators at Tarbela adds 128 megawatts of power to the national grid.“The United States understands that Pakistan is facing an energy crisis and...

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 5, 2013 | Last Updated: 8 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 5, 2013 | Last Updated: 8 years ago
Two million consumers to benefit as Tarbela Dam restoration project completes

Web DeskHARIPUR, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: US Ambassador Richard Olson joined WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah to recognize the completion of the US – funded Tarbela Dam restoration project. The restoration of three generators at Tarbela adds 128 megawatts of power to the national grid.“The United States understands that Pakistan is facing an energy crisis and we are committed to doing our part,” said Ambassador Olson during his visit to Tarbela. “The work completed here at Tarbela contributes enough electricity to supply two million customers, and helps provide relief to those suffering from extensive power shortages,” he said. WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah said that he appreciates the support of the United States to the energy sector in Pakistan. To increase production of electricity at Tarbela, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $16.5 million to the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to repair three power generation units and to train Tarbela’s staff to operate the upgraded equipment. Relieving Pakistan’s energy crisis is a top priority for US assistance to Pakistan. In addition to Tarbela, the United States is also funding other high impact projects, such as the rehabilitation of the Mangla dam, and renovation of thermal plants at Jamshoro, Guddu, and Muzaffagarh, which have already added over 650 megawatts since October 2009.The US government is also co-financing the completion of the Gomal Zam and Satpara dams which will add another 35 megawatts and irrigate more than 200,000 acres. Finally, the US is helping to replace thousands of highly inefficient agricultural and municipal water pumps throughout the country to save additional megawatts. These projects are expected to add 900 megawatts to the national power grid by the end of 2013 — enough energy to power two million households and businesses. – SAMAA

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