Agreement signed to set up HPTI in Mangla

STAFF REPORT IBD: An agreement has been signed between government of Pakistan, France and French Development Agency (AFD) to provide funding for the establishment of Pakistan Hydropower Training Institute (HPTI) at Mangla.

This grant was delegated to the AFD by the European Union. It aims at completing the rehabilitation of the existing training centre of Mangla and its transformation into a “centre of excellence for hydropower” in order to increase the capacity of both public and private hydropower operators.

This centre will be, upon completion, the only centre in Pakistan, ensuring sound and skilled development of hydropower projects in the country, both at technical and engineering levels.

The HPTI will integrate the latest international standards by ensuring adaptation of large dam infrastructures to climate change and improving the resilience, safety and profitability of hydropower projects.

Besides, the grant of 2.5 million euros provided to the government of Pakistan, France, through the AFD, contributes to address the current national energy crisis and emerges as a major contributor, in line with the pledge made by the French government at the Tokyo Conference in April 2009.

To reduce the power demand and improve energy efficiency, the AFD is also co-financing with the Asian Development Bank a programme on energy efficiency in the domestic and industrial sectors. In addition, the AFD is supporting the development of renewable energies in order to improve the power supply in Pakistan.

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