Islamabad: The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) on Friday awarded the electromechanical works contract for the 1,530-megawatt (MW) Tarbela 5th Extension project to a joint venture of Harbin Electric International Company and Harbin Electric Machinery Company (HEIC-HEMC), news sources reported. The USD 241.1 million worth project was awarded to the JV through international competitive bidding.
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Moreover, briefing the media personnel the WAPDA Chairman Gen Muzammil Hussain said that the project will play an important role in meeting the increasing energy demand in the country.
The WAPDA previously awarded the civil work project for the 5th Extension project in May 2021.
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In another development, work on the Kachhi Canal expansion has also begun. The PKR 19.504 billion worth of three contracts related to the project will be completed by August 2022. The project was awarded through three different bids and comprises work on the 40-kilometre extension of the existing canal and the building of the distribution system to irrigate 30,000 acres of land in the Dera Bugti district in Balochistan .
This project is a continuation of WAPDA’s earlier work, which included the building of a 363 km main canal to irrigate 72,000 acres of land.