US an­nounces $150m for Man­gala Dam

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IS­LAM­ABAD

On a visit to Mangla Dam, US Am­bas­sador Richard Ol­son pledged up to $ 150 mil­lion to re­place worn tur­bines with new, cus­tom-built tur­bines that will help in­crease to­tal out­put from 1,000 to 1,210 megawatts.

Th­ese up­grades will also al­low the power plant to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently for an­other 40 years, keep­ing an ad­di­tional 600 megawatts in op­er­a­tion.

"US government as­sis­tance helped build Mangla Dam," Am­bas­sador Ol­son told the me­dia. "Now, nearly 50 years later, the United States is help­ing to re­pair the dam to make sure it con­tin­ues to pro­duce the en­ergy this coun­try needs", ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by the US Em­bassy here on Wed­nes­day.

Am­bas­sador Ol­son added, "Our com­mit­ment to help re­pair Mangla Dam to­day builds upon ef­forts be­gun in the 1960s.

The United States was then, as it is now, com­mit­ted to work­ing with the Government of Pak­istan on large-scale en­ergy projects that help the peo­ple of Pak­istan live se­cure and pros­per­ous lives."

This project to up­grade the Mangla Dam power sta­tion is just one el­e­ment of a com­pre­hen­sive US en­ergy as­sis­tance pro­gramme in Pak­istan, which in­cludes ren­o­vat­ing the power plant at the Tar­bela Dam, up­grad­ing the Guddu, Jamshoro, and Muza­fara­garh power plants, and com­plet­ing the con­struc­tion of new Sat­para and Go­mal Zam dams, it added.

The United States is also pro­vid­ing sup­port and ex­per­tise to the Min­istry of Water and Power and Pak­istan's nine power distri­bu­tion com­pa­nies to re­duce en­ergy trans­mis­sion losses, in­crease rev­enues, and im­prove the over­all man­age­ment of the en­ergy sys­tem to bring long-term sus­tain­abil­ity to Pak­istan's en­ergy sec­tor.

To­gether, th­ese large-scale en­ergy in­vest­ments will add 900 megawatts to the power grid by 2013 - enough power to sup­ply elec­tric­ity to an es­ti­mated two mil­lion house­holds, press re­lease added.

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