Pakistan seeks enhanced US assistance in construction of hydroelectric projects

North AmericaPakistan seeks enhanced US assistance in construction of hydroelectric projects

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has sought the support of the United States in the completion of large hydroelectric projects.

Taking part in the fifth Energy Working Group meeting in Washington‚ the Pakistani delegation emphasized the need for enhanced US assistance in the construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam.

   

Ministers for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi‚ co-chaired the meeting with US Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs Ambassador Carlos Pascual.

The Working Group reviewed the existing collaboration and explored future cooperation in oil and gas as well as power sectors and also discussed the renewable energy potential in Pakistan.

The next meeting of the Energy Working Group will be held in Islamabad next year.

Meanwhile‚ the Pakistani delegation has had a meeting with the US Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz. They discussed ways and means to further explore the potential offered by Pakistan’s vast energy resources.

Both sides agreed that Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India and CASA-1000 projects would assist regional integration and will greatly help in meeting growing energy demands in the region.

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