World Bank grants $700m for 4.32GW Dasu hydropower project in Pakistan

WCN Editorial Team 1 Apr 2020 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The World Bank has approved $700m in financing to Pakistan to fund the construction of the 4.32GW Dasu hydropower project.

The Dasu run-of-the-river hydroelectric power facility is being built on the Indus River, approximately 7km upstream of the Dasu town, Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is being developed in two stages.

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is implementing the project, which is estimated to cost $4.2bn. The hydro facility is planned to enter service in 2023.

The World Bank’s additional financing will be used to construct the transmission line and complete the 2,160MW first phase of the Dasu hydropower plant.

Upon completion, the Dasu hydropower plant will become the largest of its kind in the country, generating low-cost, renewable energy to power millions of users.

World Bank Pakistan country director Illango Patchamuthu said: “Pakistan’s energy sector is aiming to move away from high-cost and inefficient fossil fuels towards low-cost, renewable energy to power the national grid.

“Along with reforms in the tariff structure, the Dasu Hydropower Project will result in fewer imports of fossil fuels, alleviating the stress on the country’s current account balance.”

In addition to providing most of the clean electricity during the summer months, the Dasu hydropower plant is expected to contribute to the socioeconomic development in Dasu and surrounding areas of the Upper Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

World Bank Task Team Leader Rikard Liden said: “The Dasu hydropower plant has a low environmental footprint and is considered to be one of the best hydropower projects in the world.

“It will contribute to reducing Pakistan’s reliance on fossil- fuels and producing clean renewable energy.”

The Dasu hydropower plant will become the largest of its kind in Pakistan. (Credit: Igor Dibrovin from Pixabay)

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