The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) inked a Project Implementation Letter (PIL)-2 for the restoration of Mangla. The project costs around $78 million.
The grant from the USAID would be spent on undertaking different tasks of Package V. VI, VIII and IX of the projects. As per sources, the PIL-1 costing $72 million for the Mangla restoration project was signed already between USAIDand WAPDA back in the year 2014.
Lt Gen (Rtd.) Muzammil Hussain—the Chairman of WAPDA and the Mission Leader of USAID—Jerry Bission signed a letter.
The statement mentioned that in view of the ageing factor of the producing equipment and the availability of additional water owing to the increased Mangla Dam, WAPDA is implementing the Mangla Refurbishment Project with an approved PC-I cost of 52.224 billion rupees. USAID is giving a one hundred and fifty million grant and AFD is giving ninety million euros as a loan for the purpose, while the remaining amount is being managed by WAPDA via loans and from its own resources.
The project would be enhancing the generation capacity of the current Mangla Hydel Power Station from 1,000 MW to 1,310 MW, thus indicating a surge of 310MW.
The restoration work has been divided into eleven variou spackages, which would be implemented in different phases. The producing units would be restored by shutting down one tunnel that is two generating units at a time.
The restoration work on the first two units would be completed in 2019 while the refurbishment of all the ten generating units would probably be achieved by 2024.
It is important to mention that WAPDA has imposed a two-pronged plan for the optimal utilisation of hydropower resources.
Under the strategy, WAPDA has not just started the new hydropower projects, however, has also been rehabilitating and updating its current hydelpower stations for maximizing the ratio of environment-friendly and low-budget hydel electricity in the national grid.