Pakistan can address to a large extent its power crisis through Chinese innovative hydro power generating technology, said a senior official at Pakistan Embassy in an interview.

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China will build a US$300 million hydroelectric power plant in neighbouring Tajikistan to help alleviate frequent energy shortages in the Central Asian nation, Tajik Energy Minister Sherali Gul said on Wednesday.

The agreement was reached during talks between Chinese leader Hu Jintao and Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon, he said.
Hu is in Tajikistan for the Thursday summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Gul said the planned power plant, Nurobad-2, would have capacity of between 160 and 200 megawatts.

The Government has made arrangements to expedite work on a new power supply project for the Ratnapura District at a cost of Rs. 4,500 million. Upon completion of the project within 2009, all families in the district will have access to electricity.
This project was initiated under the Electricity for All programme launched by the Power and Energy Ministry.

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Most of the southern and western States, and even the normally surplus States in the north-east, are now going through a major power crisis. Power generation has suffered because of poor hydel storage, thanks to a truant monsoon. Compounding the problem, States that usually come to the help of large consumers in such a predicament have themselves run into difficulties in thermal generation on account of vagaries in coal supply. As a result, States like Maharahstra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala have to contend with a major shortage.