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CGGC to construct Pakistan ' s largest hydropower project

Source: Changjiang Weekly 03/24/2017 04:03:13

China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) won the contract for the main civil works of Dasu Hydropower Project, which is valued at USD 1.728 billion. The signing ceremony was held recently in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

CGGC has become the largest hydropower contractor in Pakistan. In addition to the newly-signed project it is also constructing Nehru Tim Jielu Mu Hydropower Station, which is being called Pakistan's "Three Gorges" project.

The Dasu Hydropower project, with an installed capacity of 5,400 MW, will generate approximately 12 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. The project will be built in two stages. The first stage, backed by an investment of USD 2.5 billion, is designed to have an installed capacity of 2,160 MW, and will be completed in six years.

According to CGGC, the power project is situated in remote mountainous terrain in the Upper Indus valley in the district of Kohistan, in northern Pakistan. It is one of the most challenging hydroelectric power projects ever undertaken.

Pakistanis have been troubled by a lack of electricity. The Nehru Tim Jielu Mu Hydropower Station, a 969 MW hydroelectric power station currently under construction, will generate 5.15 billion kilowatt-hours annually upon completion in 2018. It will meet the electricity demands of 15% of the country's population.

China Daily reported that the project, consisting of the main dam, affiliated facilities, a powerhouse, a residential complex and transmission lines, will also help boost the development of local industry, agriculture and tourism.

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