Azad Pattan Hydropower Project Given Ultimatum by PPIB to Commence Work Within One Month


The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) has issued a one-month ultimatum to Chinese Company M/s Azad Pattan Power (Pvt) Ltd -APPL to commence work on the 700.7-MW hydropower project. Failure to do so, along with obtaining approvals from M/s Sinosure, may lead PPIB to explore alternative options, according to sources familiar with the matter.

This directive was conveyed during a recent meeting attended by key stakeholders, including representatives from CPPA-G, CPEC Secretariat, AJ&K Board of Revenue, Punjab Board of Revenue, and officials from APPL and PPIB.

The Managing Director of PPIB emphasized the importance of progressing with the Azad Pattan hydropower project to achieve Financial Closing by December 31, 2024, and subsequent Commercial Operation Date by September 2030. Concerns were raised over the project’s stagnant progress despite being included in the “committed” category, affecting overall power generation planning.

APPL representatives highlighted challenges with Sinosure clearance and land acquisition issues on both AJK and Punjab sides. The meeting resulted in several decisions, including APPL’s commitment to provide a realistic timeline for project development within one month and expediting land acquisition processes.

Additionally, APPL will approach Nepra Appellate Tribunal regarding grievances, and AJK PPC/PDO will work towards resolving withholding tax issues in AJ&K. PPIB reiterated its support for APPL in addressing clearance hurdles with Sinosure and financial institutions.

Story by Mushtaq Ghumman

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