Pakistan names consultants for 36.6-MW Daral Khwar

Pakistan officials have named Pakistani and Austrian companies to provide consulting services to develop the 36.6-MW Daral Khwar hydroelectric project in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Associated Consulting Engineers (Pvt) Ltd. of Pakistan, in association with ILF Consulting Engineers of Austria, received a US$2.09 million contract. They are to provide management, design, and supervision for development of Daral Khwar under an engineering-procurement-construction contract.

The contract is being administered by Pakistan’s Alternative Energy Development Board and the NWFP government.

The government of Pakistan announced in 2006 it would recruit consultants, contractors, and equipment suppliers for the first in a series of small hydropower project �clusters� to be built in NWFP and Punjab Province. (HNN 12/1/06) Among the NWFP projects was Daral Khwar.

The Asian Development Bank is providing a US$100 million loan for the Renewable Energy Development Sector Investment Program to develop indigenous, non-polluting, renewable sources of energy to help meet Pakistan’s power shortage and to diversify power sources.

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