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WAPDA signs agreement to advance 4,500-MW Diamer Basha Dam

The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has signed a PKR442 billion (US$2.76 billion) agreement with the Power China-FWO joint venture for construction of the Diamer Basha Dam Project diversion system, main dam, access bridge and 21-MW Tangir Hydropower Project.

This signing is part of the company’s efforts to move forward with work on the 4,500-MW Diamer Basha Dam Project. WAPDA says all efforts are under way to ensure timely mobilization of the contractor and effective follow up on the project.

Diamer Basha Dam Chief Executive Officer Amir Bashir Chaudhry with WAPDA and Yang Jiandu with the joint venture signed the agreement. Water Resources Federal Minister Muhammad Faisal Vawda, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Water Resources Federal Secretary Muhammad Ashraf, WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd), Pakistan Army Engineer-in-Chief Lt Gen Moazzam Ejaz and FWO DG Maj Gen Kamal Azfar were also present.

Vawda said the event is a good omen for construction of much-needed dams in Pakistan. He said construction of Diamer Basha Dam — a phenomenal project to ensure water, food and energy security in Pakistan — will commence in a few weeks. The Minister said that after the 800-MW Mohmand Dam project, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in May 2019, Diamer Basha is the second mega multi-purpose dam that is to be started in a span of just one year.

Hussain said that Diamer Basha Dam will go a long way for economic development and social uplift of the country. He reiterated that WAPDA is committed to completing this mega project in accordance with the timelines to cope with the increasing water and electricity requirement in the country.

The Diamer Basha Dam Project, with a total financial outlay of about PKR1.4 trillion (US$8.74 billion), will be completed in 2028. The financial outlay includes land acquisition and resettlement, confidence-building measures for social uplift of locals, and construction of the dam and powerhouses. The project has a gross storage capacity of 8.1 million acre-feet and annual generation of 18.1 billion units.

WAPDA has already awarded the contract for consultancy services of Diamer Basha Dam to Diamer Basha Consultants Group (DBCG), worth PKR27.182 billion (US$169.61 million). The consultancy agreement includes construction design, construction supervision and contract administration.

The joint venture DBCG consists of 12 consulting firms: lead firm NESPAK (Pakistan), plus Pakistani companies Associate Consulting Engineers, Mott MacDonald Pakistan, Mirza Associates Engineering Services, Al-Kasib Group of Engineering Services, Development Management Consultant and MWH Pakistan, as well as Poyry (Switzerland), Montgomery Watson and Harza (MWH) International – Stantec (U.S.), Dolsar Engineering (Turkey), Mott McDonald International (England), and China Water Resources Beifang Investigation, Design and Research Company (China).