Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) have accorded approval to award contract to CGGC-DESCON Joint Venture (JV) for civil and electro-mechanical works of Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project. After comprehensive evaluation of the bidding process and following up on the controversy of “conflict of interest” WAPDA has finally decided to award the contract to CGGC-DESCON Joint Venture (JV).
It has also been decided that a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) will be issued in accordance with the rules. Consequent upon signing of the agreement, the contractor will mobilize at site in March 2019.
The Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project is planned to be constructed on River Swat in tribal district Mohmand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The project is scheduled to be completed in five years and eight months. On completion, the project will store about 1.2 million acre feet (MAF) of water, generate 800 megawatt (MW) of low-cost hydel electricity and help mitigate floods in Peshawar, Charsadda and Naushera. Besides, supplementing 160,000 acres of existing land, more than 16,700 acres of new land will also be irrigated because of Mohmand Dam.
In addition, 300 million gallon water per day will also be provided to Peshawar for drinking purpose. The project will significantly contribute towards development of agriculture, industrial, economic and social sectors in the country besides alleviating poverty and providing job opportunities to the locals in the project area. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs 51.6 billion.