Azad Pattan Hydropower Project Having Capacity To Annually Generate 3064 Gwh Cheap And Environment Friendly Power
Azad Pattan Hydropower Project having capacity to annually generate 3064 GWh cheap and environment friendly power would be completed by 2026. The 700 MW project is located on Jhelum River roughly 7 km upstream of Azad Pattan Bridge in the Sudhanoti District, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan and 90 km from Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, said official source of Ministry of Water Resources. The project’s $1.5 billion investment agreement was signed between Chinese state-owned China Gezhouba Group and Pakistan in July 2020, in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan and senior government ministers in July 2020. Height of run of the river dam is 90 m (295 ft). The Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Federal Minister for Power Omer Ayub Khan, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Chairman CPEC Authority, Lt. Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chief Secretary AJ&K Dr. Shahzad Khan Bangash, Managing
With an investment of over $ 1.35 billion the project will generate 700.7 megawatts of electricity. Letter of Support (LOS) was issued by PPIB to Azad Pattan HPP which is a Run-off-the River Scheme on River Jhelum located at dual boundary between AJ&K (District Bagh) and Punjab (District Rawalpindi). China Gezhouba Group and Laraib Group Pakistan are the shareholders of the Project. The consortium of lenders consists of China Development Bank, China Construction Bank, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China and Bank of China. Azad Pattan Project is being implemented by PPIB under the Policy for Power Generation Projects 2002 on built, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis for a term of 30 years after which it will be transferred to the GoAJ&K free of cost.
This news was originally published at Urdu Point