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Massive power outage plunges Pakistan into darkness

January 25, 2015 - Islamabad(AFP)- Pakistan was plunged into darkness after a breakdown of a key power transmission line in the southern part of the country early today, another blinding reminder of the country's crippling energy crisis. The power failure, one of the worst in the country has experienced, has caused power to be cut in major cities throughout the country including the capital Islamabad. The blackout began when a 500 kva transmission line carrying electricity from the…

WAPDA delivers 31.28bn units low-cost hydel electricity in 2014

Friday, 23 January 2015 ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) hydel power stations delivered more electricity during 2014 as compared to year 2013 and contributed 31.289 billion units to the national grid system. Offical sources told APP here," WAPDA contributed 31.289 billion units of hydel electricity in 2014 as compared to 30.903 billion units in year 2013. This represents an increase of 386 million units". This increased generation was made possible owing to…

Diamer-Bhasha Dam project: Dar discusses issues related to financing

September 07, 2014 - BR Report - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting to discuss issues related to financing of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam project on Saturday. WAPDA Chairman Zafar Mahmood briefed the Finance Minister on a draft of hydel power policy which is being prepared and it would include all issues in relation to efforts aimed at attracting private sector investment in hydel power generation in Pakistan. The policy will provide for an upfront tariff to the international…

KBD must not be built against the will of Sindh’s people: WAPDA Chief

September 05, 2014 - APP - : The Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Zafar Ahmed has maintained that implementation on the Constitution and Water Accord 1991 is necessary for the integrity and solidarity of the country and the Kalabagh Dam (KBD) will not be built against the will of the people of Sindh. The Chairman WAPDA said this while briefing the representatives of Sindh Chamber of Agriculture and Sindh Abadgar Board and later talking to media persons here on…

Power, agriculture: World Bank signs $665m financing agreements

August 27, 2014 ISLAMABAD(APP): Pakistan and World Bank have signed financing agreements worth $588.4 million and $76.4 million for the development of Dasu hydropower project and Sindh Agriculture Growth Project respectively. The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chairman, National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) managing director and World Bank Country Director Rachid Benmessaoud inked the agreement for the Dasu project. For the agriculture growth programme,…

Abid Sher Ali hints at withdrawal of power subsidy in Balochistan

May 28, 2014 By Syed Ali Shah -dawn QUETTA: Lashing out at power defaulters in Balochistan, Federal State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Tuesday hinted to withdraw electricity subsidy to agricultural consumers in the overlooked province. “Electricity is not a charity, which can be distributed for free,” he told a hurriedly called press conference in Quetta. Abid Sher Ali told reporters that there were Rs106 billion outstanding against agriculture, domestic consumers…

Dangerous Age — Climate Change, Kalabagh, Water, Power – Pakistan

August 19, 2013 Zeeshan Shah Terrestrial ecosystems have encountered substantial warming over the past century, with temperatures increasing about twice as rapidly over land as over the oceans. Although the transition has gradually taken place in over 18 million years or so, the world is not the same planet as its used to be. Its warmer in November, like never before and summer comes as early as March. Heat waves and excruciatingly humid and hot weather all year around have somehow…

Gomal Zam Dam: Ministry objects to Wapda’s revised PC-1

December 06, 2012 MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN The Ministry of Water and Power has reportedly raised objections over the revised PC-1 of Gomal Zam Dam multipurpose project prepared by the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda). The 17.4 MW multipurpose project will be constructed at Kahjuri Kach on Gomal River South Waziristan and was initially approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) in 2001 at the cost of Rs 12.829 billion which has increased by 71.5 percent…

Tarbela extension project: contract may be awarded by March: Wapda chief

November 24, 2012 Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Raghib Shah has said the contract for civil works of the 1,410 megawatt-Tarbela fourth extension project is likely to be awarded in March 2013, as pre-qualification process of the construction firms is almost complete. During his maiden visit to the project as Chairman, Shah said that gigantic Tarbela Dam had been instrumental in economic development and social uplift of the country since its…

US interested in Diamer-Bhasha dam: envoy

November 24, 2012 The United States is interested in Diamar-Bhasha dam and other hydel sector projects and Pakistan and the US will discuss financing issues of Diamar-Bhasha dam at the meeting of Pakistan-US Economic Working Group scheduled to be held next month in Washington, US ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson said on Friday. Also on Friday, the Diamar-Bhasha dam project was discussed at a meeting between Minister for Water and Power Ahmad Mukhtar and the US ambassador to Pakistan…

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