Balakot Hydropower Development Project (formerly Hydropower Development Investment Project) (ADB-49055-007)

  • Pakistan
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Balakot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Government of Pakistan
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  • Energy
  • Hydropower
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 300.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 25, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 23, 2019

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Project Description

According to the bank website, "The project will provide financing to construct a 300 megawatt (MW) run-of-river hydro power plant located on the Kunhar river in Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KBK) province of Pakistan. The project will (i) improve energy security by increasing the clean energy share in the country's energy mix currently dominated by thermal power generation, (ii) boost provincial economy and promote revenue generating investments in the hydro abundant province of KPK, and (iii) build capacity and awareness on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation measures. The project also targets to improve the quality of life for women in communities surrounding the project area and promotes gender mainstreaming."

Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Private Actors
Contact Information

Responsible ADB Officer Adnan Tareen
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Energy and Power Department, Government of Khyber Paktunkhwa
E&P-GoKPK, Abdul Wali Khan Multiplex,
Block A, Civil Secretariat, Peshawar, Pakistan


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