US, Wapda sign deal to rehabilitate Mangla Dam

STAFF REPORT ISB: United States and Pakistan have signed a $72 million project implementation agreement to upgrade the Mangla dam located in the Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir. The rehabilitation will improve the operating capacity of the hydroelectric plant at Mangla Dam by 90MW. A total amount of $150 million is slated for the project, with $72 million allotted for this initial phase.

Under the agreement, USAID will fund the refurbishment of two generators and the modernization of ancillary equipment of the power house at the dam. The new equipment will improve the reliability and efficacy of the Mangla dam for the next 40 years.

“WAPDA has also initiated an upgrade of the Mangla power house to enhance its generation capacity from the existing 1000 MW to 1310 MW,” said WAPDA Chairman Raghib Shah.

According to him, the project is part of the Federal Governments strategy to add low-cost electricity to the national grid to mitigate power shortages in the country.

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