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China’s CGGC to construct $1.9bn dam in Pakistan

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China Gezhouba Group Co (CGGC), Chinese construction and engineering company based in Wuhan, has signed a contract with Pakistani Authorities to work on the 800MW Mohmand hydroelectric project, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The hydropower scheme is valued in 1.9 billion U.S. dollars and is located in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project involves constructing a dam on the Swat River and placing four generators totalling 800 megawatts.

The project, which is to be completed in just under 6 years (around 70 months), will help protect local areas from floods, irrigate large plots of farmland, as well as provide inhabitants with 140 cubic meters of fresh water per year and produce 2.86 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year.

According to the state-owned CGGS, around 6,000 jobs will be created in Pakistan for the construction of the dam.

The consortium involves CGGC and Pakistan’s Descon, with stakes of 70% and 30% respectively.

China Gezhouba Group Co was responsible for the Three Gorges project, spanning the Yangtze River, and in Pakistan it has worked on the Neelum-Jhelum hydropower plant, Dasu Dam and Suki Kinari hydropower project.

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