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The Water and Power Development Authority of Pakistan (WAPDA) is planning to construct the Diamer Bhasha hydroelectric power plant in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
The project involves the construction of a 272m high roller compacted concrete dam. The project is expected to cover an area of 110km and extend 100km upstream of dam site up to Raikot Bridge on Karakoram Highway (KKH).
The project will feature the construction of spillway with 14 gates of 11.5m x 16.24m each.
The project will have two underground powerhouses, one on each side of the main dam which will have six turbines (on each side) with total installed capacity of 4,500MW. It also includes the construction of two diversion tunnel and a diversion canal Upstream and Downstream Cofferdams, Hydro-mechanical and steel structural equipment, permanent access bridge.
The project is divided into two phases: water reservoir and power house.
Diamer Basha Consultants (DBC) led by Lahmeyer International GmbH has been appointed as FEED contractor for the project.
The Russian and China government have agreed to fund the project if WAPDA is ready for a government-to-government deal without an international bidding for construction.
The project has been delayed for more than five years and is still continuing with facing delays in securing the fund for the project.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is in process of discussions with the government of Pakistan (GoP) authorities for financing the project.
In June 2014, USAID invited bids from consultant firms to perform an environmental and social impact assessment for the project.
The GoP authorities considered Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for the construction of the project.
In September 2014, United States Agency for International Development(USAID) appointed MWH Global to perform an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) at the project site.
In October 2014, ECNEC refused to approve US$998 million for land acquisition for the project.
USAID and WAPDA are seeking bids for technical assessment, review, and upgrade of engineering design, cost estimates and documentation for the project. The work is expected to require one year at a cost of US$5.59 million to US$6.59 million.
In June 2015, WAPDA awarded technical engineering review contract to Mott MacDonald Pvt Ltd (Mott MacDonald Inc.).
On September 9, 2016, the GoP approved plans for the acquisition of land required for the construction of the project.
The GoP decided to make dam as a part of the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
In October 2016, Asian Development Bank (ADB) refused to provide funds for the development of the project.
In December 2016, the municipality of Islamabad approved the financing plan for the dam.
As of January 2017, Land acquisition for the project has been completed and several countries are showing interest to finance the project.
The project involves the construction of Diamer Bhasha hydroelectric power plant and a 272m high roller compacted concrete dam on Indus River in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
The US$14,000 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of 4,500MW hydro electric power plant
2. Construction of two underground power houses
3. Installation of six turbines
4. Construction of spillway with four gates each of 11.5m x 16.24m
5. Construction of two diversion tunnel
6. Construction of diversion canal Upstream
7. Construction of Downstream Cofferdams
8. Construction of diversion channel system (upstream/downstream)
9. Construction of access roads
10. Installation of Micro Seismic Monitoring System
11. Construction of Hydro-mechanical and steel structural equipment