Pakistan, China, Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project

Pakistan, China ink agreement for Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project’s construction

Pakistan and China will sign an agreement for the construction of Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project, Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa announced on July 6.

“CPEC makes another milestone achievement; PM will grace the signing ceremony of Azad Pattan Hydel power Project today with China Gezhouba,” Lt Gen (retd) Bajwa tweeted.

He added, “With an investment of $1.5 billion-no fuel import, we move towards cheaper and greener power.”

Last year in November, Pakistan and China agreed to include 700 megawatts Azad Pattan hydropower project under the CPEC. which is to be financed through Chinese currency.

Azad Pattan hydropower project is a run-of-the-river scheme on the River Jhelum, in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir, with a capability of four hours of daily peaking.

The project would be located near the Azad Pattan bridge upstream of 720 MW Karot hydropower project and downstream of 640 MW Mahal hydropower project and would be part of the River Jhelum hydel cascade.

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