Pakistan: Balakot Hydropower Development Project (AIIB-000339)

Countries
  • Pakistan
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Project Status
Proposed
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Bank Risk Rating
A
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Voting Date
Oct 1, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Borrower
Government of Pakistan
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
Sectors
  • Energy
  • Hydropower
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Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 280.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 755.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jun 29, 2020


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Project Description
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According to the bank's documents, "The proposed Project will construct a 300-megawatt (MW) run-of-river hydropower plant located on the Kunhar river in Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan. Its design will incorporate seismic strengthening and climate-resilient measures. Upon completion, the Project will be able to generate about 1,143 GWh clean electricity annually."

"A Project Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) will be established and implemented at the village and project levels. Communities and individuals who believe that they are adversely affected by the Project may submit complaints to existing project-level grievance redress mechanisms or ADB's Accountability Mechanism."

Investment Description
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Co-financing:
Asian Developent Bank US$ 300 million
Government of Pakistan US$ 175 million


Contact Information
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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Hongliang Yang, Principal Investment Operations Specialist (Energy)
hyang@aiib.org

Asian Development Bank
Adnan Tareen, Principal Energy Specialist
atareen@adb.org

Borrower
Aslam Chaudhary, Joint Secretary
Economic Affairs Division
Ministry of Finance
aslam26@gmail.com

Implementation Agency
Wajid Nawaz Khan
Project Director, PEDO
wajidnawaz63@yahoo.com


ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AIIB

The AIIB has established the Accountability Mechanism for Project-Affected People (PPM).  The PPM provides “an opportunity for an independent and impartial review of submissions from Project-affected people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by AIIB’s failure to implement the ESP in situations when their concerns cannot be addressed satisfactorily through Project level GRMs or AIIB Management processes.” Two or more project-affected people can file a complaint.  Under the current AIIB policy, when the bank co-finances a project with another development bank, it may apply the other bank's standards. You can refer to the Project Summary Information document to find out which standards apply.  You can learn more about the PPM and how to file a complaint at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/how-we-assist-you/index.html.

The complaint submission form can be accessed in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. The submission form can be found at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/submission/index.html.




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