LAHORE - The governments of Pakistan and United States are partnering to improve the operating capacity of Mangla Hydel Power Station and increase the electricity output in Pakistan.

For refurbishment and up-gradation of Mangla Hydel Power Station, USAID and Wapda signed a $150 million MoU. USAID Mission Director Gregory C. Gottlieb and Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations. This grant funding would be provided to the government of Pakistan, and implemented through Wapda.

Under the MoU, USAID would fund the refurbishment of two generators and modernisation of the auxiliary equipment of the power house, which would be completed within five years, and add 70 MW to the Mangla Hydel Power Station’s operating capacity. In addition, life and reliability of the plant will increase for the next 40 years. The up-gradation and rehabilitation works will enable the Mangla Hydel Power Station to utilise additional water potential resulting from raising of the dam.

The funding of Mangla Hydel Power Station Rehabilitation Project is the latest example of the US government’s long-term commitment to partner with the government of Pakistan for alleviating energy crisis in the country. The US Government co-financed the completion of the Gomal Zam and Satpara dams and rehabilitation of Tarbela Power Station that have added 162 MW to the national grid.