Pakistan: Gulpur Hydropower Project
The Project involves construction and operation of a 102 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric power generation facility on Poonch River some 28 kms upstream from Mangla, Pakistan s second largest water storage reservoir. The Project will be developed under Power Policy 2002 under which ADB has financed several projects and will be undertaken on a BOOT basis for a period of 30 years (from the commercial operations date). Total Project cost (including interest during construction, exchange rate variations, and contingencies) is estimated at $365.1 million.
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|Project Name||Gulpur Hydropower Project|
|Borrower / Company||Mira Power Limited
|Country / Economy||Pakistan
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Large hydropower generation
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Ahmed, Salman|
|Project Sponsor(s)||Daelim Industrial Company Limited
Korea South-East Power Company
Lotte Engineering and Construction
|Description||The Project involves construction and operation of a 102 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric power generation facility on Poonch River some 28 kms upstream from Mangla, Pakistan s second largest water storage reservoir. The Project will be developed under Power Policy 2002 under which ADB has financed several projects and will be undertaken on a BOOT basis for a period of 30 years (from the commercial operations date). Total Project cost (including interest during construction, exchange rate variations, and contingencies) is estimated at $365.1 million.|
|Objectives and Scope||The project provides low-cost generation and additional electricity supply to the national grid. The project will generate electricity by using indigenous water resources, and the tariff for electricity supplied by the project will be lower than that for plants that use imported fuel and other renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. The project will also avoid greenhouse gas emissions.|
|Status of Operation/Construction||The project has achieved COD in March 2020.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
ADB's support for the project is in line with the country partnership strategy for Pakistan, 2009-2013, which emphasizes energy sector development, private sector participation in infrastructure development, and expansion of ADB's private sector operations in the energy sector. The project is a logical continuation of ADB's development and reform efforts in Pakistan's energy sector, which have been designed to promote a well-regulated, market-oriented power industry, particularly when the country faces challenges in attracting commercial financing. Energy infrastructure has featured prominently in ADB's private sector operations in Pakistan.
The project is in line with ADB's Energy Policy, and is particularly consistent with one of the three pillars of that policy - maximizing access to energy for all. Access to modern and reliable energy services fosters sustainable human development, economic growth, a higher quality of life, and improved delivery of social services. The project will add generation capacity and increase the reliability of electricity supplies in a country facing a severe power shortage. Electricity tariff for the project will be significantly lower than the average price of power in the country, and will not be affected by the volatility of the international fuel market. The project will promote the use of indigenous water resources, and will contribute to the country's energy security. The project will help ADB meet its commitment to undertake clean energy investments of $2 billion per year.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Environmental risks are related to construction and operation activities, which could adversely impact biodiversity, air quality, water quality, hydrology, and occupational and community health and safety. The Environmental Management and Monitoring Plans for this Project in the ESIA, Biodiversity Action Plan, Sediment Mining Management Plan, Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan and other related plans will ensure the necessary measures to address impacts and maximize potential benefits of the Project. The Project complies with national and local laws and regulations, and safeguard policy of international financial organizations such as ADB and IFC.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project involves the acquisition of 894.53 acres of land broken down as: 801.35 acres of government land, 47.190 acres of communally-owned land and 45.995 acres of privately-owned land. Private land acquisition led to displacement of 4 households and significantly impacted 61 households utilizing their land for crop production. There are no users of the government land acquired. Although part of the communally-owned land are used for grazing, land acquisition did not lead to significant impact to the villagers as a large portion of these land remain which can be used for grazing. Two businesses were also impacted by the project. A Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan was prepared to ensure that the livelihood of affected households will be improved or at least restored and mechanisms for prompt replacement and payment for all affected assets are in place. A supplementary Resettlement Action Plan will be prepared for households who may be at risk of landslide during heavy rain and reservoir drawdown.|
|Indigenous Peoples||There are no Indigenous Peoples that will be impacted by the project.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||Series of consultation has been conducted since 2012 involving affected households, local community members, local government and local NGO officials. Upon finalization of the project design, public consultations with the stakeholders were again undertaken. The activity also involved the distribution of Background Information Document (BID) to different stakeholders containing information on the ESIA process and project details in English and Urdu. Feedbacks from the communities were considered in the final design of the project and different concerns of the stakeholders were addressed in the ESIA. Now that the project is operational, the project continuously engage with the communities through its community liaison officer to ensure effective stakeholder engagement and management of issues in relation to the project.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||17 Jun 2013|
|Credit Committee Meeting||16 Oct 2014|
|Approval||17 Apr 2015|
|PDS Creation Date||08 Mar 2014|
|Last PDS Update||24 Mar 2022|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Gulpur Hydropower Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jul 2015|
|Gulpur Hydropower Project: Project Data Sheet (Urdu Translation)||Translated PDS||Apr 2015|
|Gulpur Hydropower Project: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Apr 2015|
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