US committed to overcoming Pakistan energy crisis

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GHAZI: US Ambassador Richard Olson on Tuesday said that his country was committed to overcoming Pakistan’s energy crisis to provide relief to the people suffering from extensive power shortage. Accompanied by the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah during his visit to the Tarbela Dam to see the completion of the US-funded restoration project, the envoy said that his country understood that Pakistan was faced with energy crisis and they were committed to doing their part in this regard.

“The work completed at Tarbela contributes enough electricity to supply to two million consumers and helps provide relief to those suffering from extensive power outages,” Richard Olson said.

The restoration of three generators at Tarbela Dam adds 128 megawatts of power to the national grid. Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Shah said he appreciates the support of the US to the energy sector in Pakistan.

To increase production of electricity at Tarbela, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $16.5 million to the Wapda to repair three power generation units and to train Tarbela’s staff to operate the upgraded equipment.


Courtesy: The News

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