ISLAMABAD – As many as 311 out of 332 hydroelectric power projects have been completed in the northern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province whereas 672 more power projects are to be initiated in the second phase of Prime Minister’s Access to Clean Energy Investment Program (PM ACENIP), Gwadar Pro reported on Friday.
“PM ACENIP’s Phase-I would be completed in the current financial year wherein out of 332 mini macro power projects of about 32 MW capacity, 311 such projects completed so far and the rest would be completed by June this year,” said Malik Luqman, Senior Planning Officer, KP Energy Department on Friday.
Work on Phase-II to construct 672 mini macro HHP having capacity 53MW has already been launched and is going to be completed by 2023, from which will benefit almost 1 million people.
According to KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, these mini power stations would generate a total of 55MW electricity. The PM ACENIP worth Rs18 billion had been initiated with financial assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB) under which 1,028 mini macro HPPs were to be constructed in two phases in northern districts of the province.
The main objective of development of the Micro Hydropower is to develop cheap hydropower potential and to provide power to local areas specially those which are deprived of electricity.
The project will provide adequate facilities for the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy keeping in view the present severe power shortage and future requirements for industrial, agricultural and economic development of the country.
Moreover, the development of these projects would lead to the sustainable supply of electricity and would serve as a catalyst for development of basic industry.
The project will provide opportunities to local communities for enhancements of economic activities through establishments of small-scale industries.