France supporting the construction of Jaggran Hydropower plant
On May 14th 2017, H.E. Mrs. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France visited the construction site of the Jaggran II hydropower plant in AJK and participated to the corner stone ceremony hosted by H.E. Mr. Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
France, through the French Agency for Development (AFD), has provided the Government of Pakistan with a 68 million euros soft loan for the construction of the 48MW hydropower plant located about 90 km from Muzaffarabad city towards North-East. The project is being built in the upper extent of Jaggran Nullah, a right bank tributary of the Neelum River. It is located downstream of the existing 30.4 MW Jaggran I hydropower project, funded earlier with French support, and being operated since 2000 by the Power Development Organisation (PDO).
Jaggran II Hydroelectric Power Project will operate as a run-of-the-river scheme and will not entail any major environmental or social constraints. It will be connected to the national grid, and will help alleviate the energy crisis in Pakistan. Upon its commissioning in 2020, it will provide a reliable source of renewable energy and a permanent supply of electricity for the 1.2 million people living in the Muzaffarabad area, with strong social and economic positive impacts.
Besides the soft loan provided to the Government of Pakistan, AFD is also providing a grant for capacity-building of PDO.