The Karachi Electricity & Supply Corporation (KESC) has awarded contracts worth more than $66 million for the construction of sub-stations. The work is part of the fifth power project which is financed by a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Further loans totalling $320 million have recently been arranged to finance KESC’s sixth power project.

Germany’s Siemens and South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Company are to build sub-stations as part of the KESC’s plan to improve its primary distribution network. Siemens began work in August on a

Rs 1,400 million ($45 million) turnkey project to set up metal-clad 132- kV and 220-kV sub-stations. The completion period is two years.

Hyundai Engineering Company has a $21.6 million contract to design and build 20 132-kV conventional sub-stations. The construction work will begin in October and is due to finish in July 1996. The consultant for both projects is Germany’s Lahmeyer International.

A second loan agreement for $200 million is to be signed with ADB for KESC’s sixth power project, which includes the establishment of transmission lines, sub-stations and distribution systems. It is being co-financed by the Export-Import Bank of Japan ($75 million) and the EU ($45 million). ADB is to appoint a consultant for the project, and tender documents are expected to be issued early next year.