Pakistan's effort to build 350 micro hydro plants rolls on

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's march to install 350 micro hydropower projects within the Pakistani province took another step forward with the inauguration of a further three plants this week.

The trio includes the 200-kW Bela Bala, 75-kW Shagai and 30-kW Beesa Khait -- all of which are located in the Battagram District in northern Khyber Paktunkhwa.

HydroWorld.com said earlier this month that 37 other micro plants were completed under Pakistan's power enhancement initiative, which ultimately seeks to create 35 MW of new capacity from small hydro projects.

The total cost of the 350 plant program is reported as being more than US$82.3 million with financing through Pakistan's Hydel Development Funds, though local sources say additional funding from agencies like the Asian Development Bank could increase the total number of plants built to 1,000.

The projects are intended to reduce load shedding and provide an uninterrupted power supply within the province, which is also home to a number of large hydropower plants, including the 243-MW Warsak and 3,480-MW Tarbela projects.

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