ISLAMABAD: French Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau visited the Project site of Jabban Power Project located on Swat canal in Malakand Division to inspect the civil work there.
The project is being upgraded with the financial support of France, which gave 26.5 million Euros for increasing its capacity from 19 mw to 22 mw.
During his visit French Ambassador showed his satisfaction over the pace of work at the project. The good quality of the civil engineering, as evaluated by WAPDA & NESPAK engineers, allows to rehabilitate the infrastructure with updated standards. During construction, some 200 people are employed at the worksite, directly benefitting local population of Malakand District. After full rehabilitation, the plant will employ 50 people, and will provide electricity to more than 240,000 people.
Jabban is a run-of-river hydropower plant at 45 km north of Mardan, built in 1937, it is the oldest large hydropower plant in Pakistan. It discontinued its production after a fire broke out in November 2006.
It is pertinent to mention here that the ground-breaking ceremony of the project was held in May 2011 that was inaugurated by Chairman WAPDA, Shakil Durrani. Back in 2010 Secretary EAD, Daniel Jouanneau, Ambassador of France and Country Director of French Development Agency (AFD) signed a financing agreement of 26.5 million Euros to contribute to the rehabilitation of the Jabban Hydropower plant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and to finance technical trainings for WAPDA’s engineers and technicians.
As a member of the group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP), France is very sensitive to the welfare of the Pakistani population and is committed to implementing sustainable development projects on the energy and water sectors.
The exceptional potential of Pakistan in terms of hydropower encourages both parties to jointly engage in other projects in the future. AFD, WAPDA and HEB have already identified other hydropower plants projects in Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and KPK.
In the near future, AFD’s expected funding in promoting hydropower in Pakistan will reach about 240 million euros for an additional installed capacity of 221 MW.