Project News

NESPAK in a joint venture with MWH International Inc. continued to render consultancy services for the Mangla Power Station Refurbishment project. This project has entered the implementation stage while the contracts for refurbishment/upgradation of generating units#1-6, refurbishment of powerhouse cranes, supply of generator step-up transformers and turbine inlet valves have been awarded. The project aims at increasing the generation capacity of the powerhouse by 310 MW and modernisation & refurbishment of the systems of Mangla units 1-10 after raising of Mangla Dam to ensure availability of a fully functional power station for another life cycle of 50 years. After completion of the project, the power station will provide additional 56 GWh of cheap hydel energy annually.
The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of Diamer Basha Dam Project, initially awarded by USAID to MWH (International), NESPAK and ACE consortium, was successfully completed in August, 2016. On completion, MWH arranged a ceremony at Lahore. Dr. Tahir M. Hayat, Vice President/Head Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering (GT&GE) Division, Mr. Irfan-ul- Haq, General Manager/Section Head ERGES, Mr. Kamran Yousaf, Project Manager/General Manager GT&GE Division, Mr. Muhammad Shariq Ahmed, Deputy Project Manager/Principal Engineer, Mr. Imran-ul-Haq, Chief Engineer GT&GE Division and Mr. Muhammad Moeen ADCOP/Principal Engineer GT&GE Division along with sector experts from Water Resource Division, Economic Studies Division and GIS experts attended the event. MWH presented shields to these experts with certificates. To make the event memorable, a group photo of all experts was taken.
A meeting of Panel of Experts (POEs) was held on August 30, 2016 in the committee room of Irrigation Department under the Chairmanship of Managing Director Punjab Power Development Board, Government of Punjab, Energy Department, Lahore to discuss and approve the updated feasibility study of 135MW Taunsa Hydropower Project carried out by NESPAK. The experts from various specialties of NESPAK involved during the study gave a comprehensive presentation of all the technical and financial aspects of the study. The POEs discussed the report in detail and gave approval of the proposed scheme.
A number of coal fired power plants are being set up to reduce the current deficit in the power supply in the country and hence, the Government of Pakistan decided to connect the Pakistan International Bulk Terminal (PIBT) with existing railway network through a conveyor system for transporting bulk coal cargo from Port Qasim to the power plants located in various parts of the country. NESPAK Karachi office will carry out concept design, feasibility, EPC bid documents, bid evaluation, construction supervision and preparation of ToR for Operation and Maintainance (O&M) contract and provide assistance to the Client in award of O&M contract. Syed Munawwar Abbas, Chief Engineer/Head Infrastructures, is the Project Manager and Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Senior Engineer Karachi Office, is the Deputy Project Manager. NESPAK has been providing services for the project since September 2015 and the work is expected to be completed by September 2017. The project includes a 5 km long belt conveyor having capability of transporting coal at 3,600 tonnes per hour to the coal stockyard. Coal stockyard has a capacity of 400,000 tonnes. Two Bucket Wheel Stacker Reclaimer will stack coal at 3,600 tonnes per hour and reclaim coal from stockpiles at 2,400 tonnes per hour, railway rapid load-out station for loading the railway wagons at 2,400 tonnes per hour, while moving at slow speed of 0.5 to 0.8 kph. The project also includes laying of dedicated railway loop/siding with all necessary signaling and controls.
The consultancy services for the project implementation to the Refugee Affected and Hosting Area (RAHA-III) were awarded to a consortium of AHT Group AG, Germany (Lead Firm) and NESPAK. RAHA-III will be implemented in four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Peshawar, Mansehra, Swabi and Kohat. The project is funded by KfW, Germany in collaboration with UNHCR and the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), Government of Pakistan. NESPAK will depute consultancy experts for the RAHA Projects: health, education, WASH, infrastructure and livelihood. Mr. Muhammad Ittefaq, Chief Engineer Water Resources Division (WRD), will provide backstopping services from NESPAK.
Development of Water Resources Management Information System (WRMIS) and Decision Support System (DSS) for Efficient Irrigation Water Management in Punjab is one of the major IT projects (integrated with Hydrological and Hydraulic Models) acquired by NESPAK. The designated project office for WRMIS is located in Arfa Software Technology Park (ASTP) where IT, GIS, Hydrology and Hydraulic teams are working together with utmost dedication to successfully complete this project of extreme significant nature. There are three major milestones out of which NESPAK has already crossed its first milestone and the same was presented to Client on August 30, 2016. Mr. Habib Ullah Bodla, Chief Project Monitoring & Implementation Unit (PMIU) chaired the event. Mr. Khalid Mahmood, Project Manager, presented the completed software application modules which comprised both web and android interfaces. The Client has appreciated the proposed solution designed by NESPAK and also admired the quality of work. It is pertinent to mention that WRMIS is the largest IT project which NESPAK has ever executed.
A NESPAK-led joint venture has been engaged by the Irrigation Department Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for providing detailed design and construction supervision services for the Rs.12.147 billion remodeling of Warsak Canal System Project in Peshawar and Nowshera Districts. The scope of services includes topographic surveys, geotechnical investigations, design, preparation of tender & construction drawings and construction supervision of the project works including environmental and social studies, land development works and revision of revenue chakbandi/warabandi system for the project. The consultancy services agreement was signed with the Irrigation Department Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in November 2011. The duration of design phase was one and a half years and construction supervision spans over three and a half years. Mr. Tariq Altaf, Vice President, Water Resources Division/Chairman BOM visited, the site on August 31, 2016 and expressed his satisfaction with the construction activities. Mr. Muhammad Bakhsh Baloch, Chief Engineer/Project Manager NESPAK Water Resources Division (WRD) accompanied him during site inspection.