January 2015 – Glacial hazards role in major new dam project in Pakistan

January 30, 2015

In January 2015, RIL started a two year-commission to provide glacial hazards advice as part of the Scoping for and the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Diamer Basher Dam Project in northern Pakistan, under contract to MWH, Chicago, USA, and funded by USAID.

The RIL team is headed up by Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, who undertook a similar, earlier assignment in 2003 on the same project. The current work includes updating the 2003 study, taking into account events that have happened in the region since then and utilising latest satellite imagery to assess the current and prospective future hazards arising from the many glaciers across the region in relation to changing climate. Once constructed the new $12.6 billion hydropower plant will have 4.5 GW installed capacity and will be one of the largest hydropower schemes in the region.