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French, German companies providing funds to Water and Power Development Authority for study and construction of hydropower projects

Lahore, October 25, 2012 (PPI-OT): The two European development agencies namely AFD of France and KFW of Germany have been providing funds to the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) for study and construction of four hydropower projects. These include the 35 (megawatt) MW-Harpo, the 122 MW-Keyal, the 40-MW Basho and the 32 MW-Trappi hydropower projects.

A mission of the two development agencies jointly headed by the AFD Country Director Nicolas Fornage and the KFW Division Chief Engineer Patric Mehdi Shirzadi, today visited WAPDA House to discuss financial, technical and environmental issues relating to the projects. The WAPDA team was led by the Chairman Raghib Shah during the meeting.

Addressing the delegation, the Chairman said that WAPDA values the support of international financial institutions and donor agencies – particularly the AFD and the KFW – for implementation of the projects in two vital sectors of water and power in Pakistan. Highlighting the significance of the foreign funding, he expressed the hope that the cooperation between the AFD, the KFW and the WAPDA will further strengthen in the future projects as well.

The Mission said that their institutions have long standing relationship of mutual cooperation with WAPDA, adding that they are considering fast implementation of the projects.

In addition to other issues, scope of the four projects and institutional arrangement were also discussed in the meeting.

WAPDA Member (Power) Muhammad Qasim Khan, Secretary Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar and the General Managers concerned also attended the meeting.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +9242 9920 2633 and +9242 9920 2211 -2033 -2029
Cell: +92333 445 8293
Email: mabidrana@gmail.com

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