French envoy, WAPDA chief discuss financing for hydropower projects

French  envoy, WAPDA chief discuss financing for hydropower projects

LAHORE: French Ambassador to Pakistan Martine Dorance Monday called on Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain (r) at the WAPDA House and discussed matters relating to mutual cooperation for development of water and hydropower projects being implemented by WAPDA. Speaking on the occasion, WAPDA Chairman thanked the French government for financial support by the French Development Agency (AFD).

Underlining the significance of foreign investment for development of water and hydropower resources, he said that projects in both sectors offered excellent investment opportunities. He expressed the hope that the cooperation between the AFD and WAPDA would be strengthened for upcoming WAPDA projects. Ambassador Dorance said France has had longstanding relationship of mutual cooperation with the WAPDA.

In addition to ongoing WAPDA projects, possibility of financial support by the AFD for construction of Mohmand Dam and Harpo Hydropower Project was also discussed in detail during the meeting. It is pertinent to mention here that France is providing financial support for refurbishment, rehabilitation and capacity enhancement of various hydropower projects in Pakistan, including Mangla Refurbishment Project, Warsak Hydroelectric Power Station 2nd Rehabilitation Project, Rehabilitation of Dargai Hydroelectric Power Station, Capacity Enchancement of Chitral Hydropower Station, Hydropower Training Institute Mangla, feasibility studies and detailed engineering design of Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project and Harpo Hydropower Project.