U.S. Invests $455 Million in Pakistani Water and Energy Projects
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 20, 2010 (ENS) - The United States is assisting Pakistan to develop its renewable energy and water resources. Projects include dams for hydropower, flood control and drinking water; natural gas, wind and biomass developments; solar installations at schools; and a smart grid for the business capital of Karachi.

After the bilateral Strategic Dialogue meeting in Islamabad Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the United States will provide $60 million for seven energy development projects in addition to $125 million already invested in six energy projects for Pakistan.

In addition, Secretary Clinton announced the seven water projects for Pakistan that will cost over $270 million.

The projects are being implemented by USAID, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Signature Energy Program for Pakistan is designed to help Pakistan meet its energy needs through increasing electricity production and promoting the more efficient usage of electricity. Projects announced Monday for Phase II of the energy program include:
Dam construction on Satpara Lake (Photo by Zain Mankani)

Secretary Clinton announced Phase I of the Signature Energy Program during her October 2009 visit to Pakistan. Phase I of the Pakistan Signature Energy Program provided $125 million for six projects. In Phase I of the Pakistan Signature Energy Program, announced during Secretary Clinton's October 2009 visit to Pakistan, the United States: Work has begun with the electricity distribution companies in Peshawar, Hyderabad, Quetta and Multan to help them improve service, reduce losses and become more efficient.

After the bilateral Strategic Dialogue meeting in Islamabad Monday, Secretary Clinton announced a multi-year Signature Water Program for Pakistan to improve the country's ability to increase efficient management and use of its scarce water resources and improve water distribution.

The first phase of the water program will cover seven projects costing over $270 million, including: