UAE expresses interest in buying Guddu Power Plant (GPP)


ISLAMABAD, 11, MARCH, 2022: United Arab Emirates (UAE) has shown to buy Combined Cycle 747-MW Guddu Power Plant (GPP).
In a letter written to the Prime Minister Imran Khan, UAE Department Head of Projects Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Mohammed Al-Nahyan has expressed such interest in
buying Guddu Power Plant (GPP).
As per the leading media outlet of Pakistan, in a letter to PM Imran, he said, "We believe that the government is in the process of privatizing the Guddu power plant and has already advertised that work has started and the financial adviser has been appointed. We express our intention to comply with all the procedures required to achieve the plant and look forward to working with Pakistan."
According to concerned sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan is planning to undertake an official visit to UAE soon as the Foreign Ministry has begun preparations in this regard.
Guddu barrage is a barrage on the Indus River near Kashmore in the Sindh province of Pakistan. President Iskander Mirza laid the foundation-stone of Guddu Barrage on 2 February 1957. The barrage was completed in 1962 at a cost of 474.8 million rupees and inaugurated by Field Marshal Ayub Khan in 1962.
Guddu Barrage is used to control water flow in the River Indus for irrigation and flood control purposes.
It has a discharge capacity of 1.2 million cubic feet per second (34,000 m³/s).
It is a gate-controlled weir type barrage with a navigation lock. The barrage has 64 bays, each 60 feet (18 m) wide. The maximum flood level height of Guddu Barrage is 26 feet (8 m). It controls irrigation supplies to 2.9 million acres (12,000 km²) of agricultural land in the Kashmore, Jacobabad, Larkana and Sukkur districts of Sindh province and the Naseerabad district of Balochistan province. It feeds Ghotki Feeder, Begari Feeder, Desert and Pat Feeder canals.
A seven meter wide road has also been built on this barrage, which has cut the distance of Lahore to Quetta and Rahim Yar Khan to Kashmir. (04)

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