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May 23, 2017

JICA to Support Capacity Building for Thermal Power Engineers

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Islamabad, May 23 2017: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) have agreed to commence a new technical cooperation project titled "The Project for Capacity Building and Strengthening Thermal Power Generation and Operation and Maintenance in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan".

A Record of Discussion to this effect was signed amongst Mr. Zafar Abbas, Joint Secretary of MoWP, Mr. Muhammad Imran, CEO of GENCO Holdings Company Ltd (GHCL), Mr. Badr-ul-Munir Murtiza, Member (Power) of WAPDA, Mr. Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Joint Secretary, Economic Affairs Division,

Government of Pakistan and Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative of JICA Pakistan.

In accordance with increasing electricity demand in proportion to soaring economic growth in the country, a number of new power generation facilities including thermal power plants are schedule to be online in the coming years. Along with the enhancement of these thermal power plants, the development of operation and maintenance (O&M) personnel has become an urgent issue.

Currently trainings for these O&M personnel are carried out by WAPDA Engineering Academy (WEA) and GHCL, and JICA will support these organizations as counterpart to strengthen the training capacity through this new technical cooperation project with JICA's inputs such as:

  • Dispatch of experts with profound O&M knowledge and expertise on thermal power plant in Japan
  • Sending training instructors of GHCL and WEA to an intensive training course in Japan

We also note that this project will address not only technical aspect but also environmental aspect by imparting advanced environmental practice in Japan, which contributes to materialize Goal 7 of SDGs by facilitating their access to cleaner fossil-fuel technology.

We continue to support Pakistan's power sector by developing both infrastructures and human resources while closely paying attention to the needs of the government of Pakistan and coordinating with the international community.

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