The 84 MW New Bong Escape Hydropower Project, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Pakistan (the “Project”) is a run-of-the-river hydropower scheme without any dam, new storage, displacement or resettlement of human habitation, change in the hydrological regime, nor any other adverse environmental impact. The project is a low-head hydropower scheme strictly run-of-the-river without any storage or new reservoir. The Mangla reservoir, dam and 1000 MW powerhouse, constructed in the early sixties, feeds the project downstream of the Mangla powerhouse through its tailrace channel.
The primary purpose of the project activity is to generate electricity for supply to the national grid using clean, renewable and sustainable natural resources and tapping the significant hydropower potential in the country. The project activity represents the development of the first hydropower independent power producer in Pakistan and has acted as a catalyst for hydropower development in the country and opened the way for private investment in this vital sector. The power generated is being sold, through a 25-year power purchase agreement, to the government-owned National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC). The project is contributing clean and renewable hydroelectricity to the national power resources and is contributing to GHG emission reduction by displacing the electricity production requirement of fossil fuel-fired power plants to the extent of its generation. The interconnection is close to the load centre, and it is expected that the plant will result in the reduction of 227,945 tons of CO2 emissions annually during the 2nd crediting period. The total emission reductions estimated in the 2nd crediting period are 1,595,615 tCO2e.