ANKARA, 23 December 2014: A technical team of hydropower experts from Pakistan’s Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) during their two days Turkey visit (22-23 December) met with key private sector Turkish construction companies and explained technical details about the forthcoming 4320 megawatt Dasu Hydro Power Project. The visit was part of interaction with potential hydropower construction companies who have shown keen interest to participate in pre-qualification and subsequent bidding for this mega hydropower project. The management of the Turkish construction companies were unanimous in saying that Pakistan is a promising destination for them. The visiting delegation informed that a preparatory pre-qualification meeting for the project will be held in January 2015 which will be followed by pre-qualification and submission of bids. The World Bank has arranged substantial financing for the phased construction of the project. Ambassador Haroon Shaukat during the meetings appreciated keen Turkish interest in the project. He expressed the hope that he will be happy to see a Turkish company complete this project of vital national importance for Pakistan. He said this single project provides a window to Turkish companies for further investment in Pakistan’s energy sector which offers immense opportunities. He also stressed on the need that Turkish companies may look into the opportunities of working with local Pakistani companies that will synergize expertise and energies for speedy completion of the project. Pakistani delegation hold meetings with leading Turkish companies including Nurol, Limak, Mapa, Ozkar, Ozaltin, Cengiz, Yuksel, Doğuş, etc. They also visited Turkish Eximbank and Industrial Bank of Turkey for exploring opportunities for project investment.