The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority has awarded a feasibility study contract for upgrading the 1,000-MW Mangla hydropower station, wire services reported.
The Rs 164 million contract was awarded to a joint venture of consulting firms MWH and NESPAK.
The firms are to assess the existing operating conditions, study various options for refurbishment of electro-mechanical equipment and recommend the most viable option for upgrading of the hydro station.
The study will be completed in October 2011, reports indicate.
Preliminary studies suggest the generation capacity of the Mangla station is likely to increase by about 200 MW.
The project's 10 100-MW turbine generators range in age from 15 to 40 years.
In other news, The United States Agency for International Development has released US$6.66 million to WAPDA for repair and rehabilitation of the Tarbela hydropower station.
USAID signed an agreement with WAPDA to provide a financial assistance amounting to US$16.5 million for Tarbela Power Station. The assistance is to be utilized for repair and rehabilitation of three units of the powerhouse.
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