USAID provides grant for Pakistan's 83-MW Kurram Tangi hydropower plant

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The United States Agency for International Development will provide a US$81 million grant to Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority for construction of the 83.4-MW Kurram Tangi hydroelectric project.

Pakistan's Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved construction of Kurram Tangi's first stage during a meeting this past week.

The project will eventually include a 295-foot-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam, weir, tunnel, powerhouse, electro-mechanical works, and an irrigation system and remodeling of a civil canal system. reported in December of this past year that infrastructure development group MWH Global had been awarded a contract for environmental assessments of the project.

The contract was offered by USAID and Pakistan's Office of Energy to ensure Kurram Tangi complies with a number of environmental clearance requirements.

Kurram Tangi's dam will create a multipurpose reservoir on the Kyram River, which will be used to irrigate land in North Waziristan and Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The project is also receiving funding from the U.S. Congress, which allocated money to Pakistan for "infrastructure support and due diligence work" at Kurram Tangi in August 2012.

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