Kuwait’s KFAED and Pakistan sign KD 7.5m loan funding dam project

Project consists of construction of hydropower scheme

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KUWAIT CITY, June 3: The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and Pakistan signed on Monday a KD 7.5 million (USD 24.4 million) loan agreement to fund the Mohmand Hydropower Dam project. According to a KFAED statement, the loan agreement was signed by Malik Muhammed Farooq — Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to State of Kuwait — whereas Waleed Al-Bahar, Acting Director-General of KFAED, signed the loan agreement on behalf of the fund. “The project aims to support the economic and social development by enhancing national energy generation from the available hydro resources to meet the increasing electricity demand, improve the region’s resilience to flooding, provide sustainable water resources for agriculture and drinking water for the region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPP), and creating new job opportunities.”

Acting Director-General of KFAED Waleed Al-Bahar and Pakistan’s Ambassador Malik Farooq after signing of the agreement.

The KFAED went on to say that the project consisted of the construction of a hydropower scheme, on the Swat River located in the northeast of Pakistan about 200 KM west of Islamabad. “It comprises a concrete-faced rockfill dam with a height of about 213 meters and a length of about 718 meters creating a reservoir with a total length of about 56 km, an area of about 24 km2, and a volume of about 1.6 billion m3. The scheme will include a powerhouse with 4 electricity-generating units with a total installed capacity of about 800 MW capable of producing about 2,862 GWh a year.” The project would include flood protection, irrigation infrastructure, and an intake for future drinking water facilities. The project also includes consultancy and project management services.

The project is expected to be completed by December 31, 2025. The total cost of the project is estimated at about 322.8 billion Pakistani rupee, equivalent to approximately KD 900.6 million The loan is made for a term of 25 years, including a period of grace of about 5 years, and will be amortized by 40 semi-annual installments, the first of which will be due on the first date on which or any interest or other charges on the loan shall fall due after the elapse of the grace period. Loan will bear interest at two percent per annum in addition to a charge of 0.5 percent for meeting administrative costs and the expenses of implementation of the loan agreement. The fund loan is the nineteenth loan provided by the KFAED to Pakistan, as the fund had previously provided eighteenth loans to Pakistan, in various sectors, totaling approximately KD 129.788 million (KUNA)

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