China to provide technical assistance for Pakistan hydro

Chinese hydro utility officials have signed an agreement with their Pakistani counterparts, pledging to provide technical assistance to Pakistan in the field of hydropower generation.

President Li Yong’an of China Three Gorges Project Corp. and Chairman Shakeel Durrani of Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority signed the agreement February 22 in a ceremony attended by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari led a delegation to China, including a visit to 22,400-MW Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. (HNN 2/6/09) Zardari met with Li, expressing his desire for cooperation with China in hydropower.

The Pakistani president said the basic purpose of his visit was to study China’s model for power generation as well as its development in the agriculture sector.

Li said China Three Gorges is ready to extend all possible assistance to Pakistan, although no details were provided.

Chinese companies have been active in several Pakistani hydro projects recently. Most recently, China National Machinery &Equipment, SinoHydro Corp., Xinjiang Beixin Construction &Engineering Group Ltd., China Gezhouba Group Co. Ltd., and China Liaoning submitted applications for pre-qualification to build or equip the 4,500-MW Basha project on Pakistan’s Indus River. (HNN 1/22/09)

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