Nov. 21, 2000—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic Affairs Division of the government of Pakistan have agreed on a feasibility study for a large-scale wind power project, according to Asia Pulse.

The project, with a total funding of $471,000, will select sites and measure the wind energy potential on the shoreline in the southwestern Balochistan province, and make preparations for a large-scale wind power plant. Technical, economical and regulatory issues are to be addressed in the assessment of the feasibility.

The wind power plant is expected to cost around $18 million. A sizable share of the cost will be met by grants, provided in part by the Global Environment Facility as part of its program to mitigate climate change. Funding has also been obtained from a special Nordic fund for renewable energy, which receives contributions from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Some of the activities are funded by UNDP’s own resources, and some from investments by private entrepreneurs.

The project will serve as a pilot for the development renewable, clean energy sources, which can be replicated in other parts of Pakistan and the region. Further information can be obtained on UNDP’s Web site,