Peshawar: Three energy projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are nearing completion and will begin generating a total of 63 megawatts of inexpensive electricity within the next six months, earning more than Rs. 2 billion in revenue for the province.

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In this regard, Secretary Energy and Power Department Engineer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Shah, along with Chief Executive Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development (PEDO) Engineer Naeem Khan, visited power project sites in Mansehra, Shangla, and Dir Lower districts to assess the progress of ongoing hydropower projects.

Sultan Rome, project director for the 40.8 MW Koto Hydropower project, revealed that 98 percent of the work has been done, with 95 percent of the equipment installed, and the tunnel construction has been completed ahead of schedule by the contractor.

More than 90% of the construction on the Karora, Jabori, and Koto hydropower projects has also been finished, according to reports.

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The cause for the project’s delay was attributed to Covid-19, which was hampered by the fact that machinery from China could not be imported due to constraints. Chinese experts returned to their country as a result of Covid-19, but only after the situation had improved, according to the secretary of energy.

On the occasion, Syed Imtiaz Hussain urged the team of Chinese engineers working on projects to speed up work.

He said that all the three projects of cheap power generation were of utmost importance for the development and prosperity of the province and would prove to be a milestone for the economic development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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