At the end of September China Gezhouba Group Corp and Voith Hydro Shanghai Ltd entered signed an equipment supply contract under which VHS will supply four 200 MW Francis turbine generator units and online monitoring systems for the Mohmand Dam hydropower plant in Pakistan.
A consortium of China Gezhouba Group, a subsidiary of Energy China, and Descon Power Solutions of Pakistan won the construction contract. According to the schedule, the first unit will be commissioned in 2025 and all units will be in commercial operation during 2026.
At the project’s groundbreaking ceremony, Pakistan’s premier Imran Khan said: "Mohmand hydropower plant has been a dream project for years of both the Pakistan government and the people. The construction is of great significance. Once completed, the project will help mitigate flood disasters, enhance food safety, alleviate power shortage and further drive Pakistan’s social and economic development."
Mohmand Dam hydropower plant is situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and is rated for a total capacity of 800 MW. It is the first flagship project funded by the country’s new administration. The project will offer approximately 6000 jobs in Pakistan at the peak period of construction and is expected to generate an annual average of 2862 GWh of energy at full operation. In addition, the project will offer 140 million cubic meters of drinking water per year to local citizens. Its annual revenue will be approximately 320 million euros.