ISLAMABAD - The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) said that 10 hydropower projects worth US $139.5 million with a total capacity of 110.1 MW were likely to start generation in the country by the end of 2012. Anwar Ali, Secretary AEDB, while talking to The Nation informed that three hydropower projects with aggregate capacity of 50 MW were being started in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), which were Machai Hydropower project (3.5 MW), Ranolia Hydropower project (17 MW) and Daral Khwar Hydropower project (Swat) of 36.6 MW capacity. However, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Machai Hydropower project would take place on Saturday January 8, at Alo village of Mardan district, moreover, the Ranolia Hydropower project would be inaugurated soon, he added. He said that in Punjab, five projects with the cumulative capacity of 30.1 MW had been started as Main Lower Hydropower project near Gujranwala (4.8 MW), Deg Fall Sheikhupura (5.5 MW), Pakpattan Canal (3.3 MW), LBDC Okara (5 MW) and UCCM Marala (11.5 MW). Similarly, in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), two hydropower projects of 30 MW capacity, with a cost $80m had been initiated and these were located at Shegherthang, Skardu (26 MW) and Chilas (4 MW), he added.