Pakistan announces agreement signed for 870-MW Suki Kinari hydropower project

The government of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, announced on Aug. 24 that it has signed an agreement with SK Hydro Private Ltd., and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to develop and construct the 870-MW Suki Kinari hydropower project.

Under the agreement, the project would be built on the Kunhar River in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a cost of US$1.9 billion and is expected to be completed by 2021. The electricity produced from the project would be transferred to Pakistan’s national grid for distribution to the entire country.

According to a press release, the parties have agreed to a 30-year power purchase agreement, after which the government of KP would assume operation and ownership of the facility and receive all income from the sale of electricity.

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