MWH of U.S. to manage construction of Pakistan’s 96-MW Jinnah

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has named MWH of the United States to provide construction management and contract administration services for the 96-MW Jinnah hydroelectric project on the Indus River.

Working with a joint venture of domestic engineering companies, MWH is to complete a detailed review of engineering design and oversee procurement, construction, programming, and quality assurance procedures.

Work is to include quality control testing of construction materials and the final structures and components. MWH also is to monitor design and construction procedures to ensure they are completed correctly and comply with project specifications and Pakistani law.

WAPDA signed a US$128 million engineering-procurement-construction contract with Dongfang Electric Corp. of China in 2003. The project broke ground in December 2006 and is to be completed by the end of 2010.

Jinnah is located in Punjab Province, 234 kilometers southeast of Islamabad. Its main components include a headrace tunnel, powerhouse with eight 12-MW low-head pit turbines, a tailrace channel, 132-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line, and 132-kV switchyard.

Jinnah’s annual production of 688 million kWh is to be delivered to the national grid by a five-kilometer transmission line.

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