Upgradation of 6 power generating units Wapda signs Rs10.81bn contract wth French firm

The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) inked an agreement worth Rs 10.81 billion with Alstom Hydro, France for the refurbishment and upgradation of six power generating units at the Mangla Hydel Power Station.

Wapda spokesman said the contract signing ceremony was held here at the Wapda House on Monday. Wapda General Manager (Hydel) Development Engineer Muhammad Arshad Chaudhry and a representative of Alstom Hydro, France Benoit Dhien inked the agreement. Wapda Member (Power), Member (Finance), other senior officers and representatives of Alstom Hydro France and USAID also attended the signing ceremony.

The spokesman said the Mangla refurbishment project, envisaging additional power of 310MW, would be implemented in various phases by closing down one tunnel (of two generating units) at a time. The first two units would be refurbished by 2018, followed by another four by 2019 and 2020 respectively. Refurbishment of the remaining four units will be carried out in the next phase. The approved PC-I cost of the Project is Rs.52.224 billion, he added. The spokesman said USAID is providing US 150 million dollars as a grant for this purpose and WAPDA will arrange the remaining amount through loans