Total generation capacity of the Tarbela Hydropower Station would rise to 4,828 megawatts after installation of new units with a capacity of 1,350MW as part of an extension project, stated Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Shakil Durrani.
During his visit to the power station, Durrani said that the consultants, engaged for preparation of a detailed engineering design, tender documents and project cost, were of the view that three turbines of 450MW each could be installed instead of two turbines of 480MW each envisaged in a study conducted in the 1990s.
He said that an independent panel of international experts had also endorsed these findings, adding this was a good omen in view of increasing requirements of electricity in the country.
He said work on the detailed engineering design, preparation of tender documents and project cycle was expected to be completed by September this year. Afterwards, construction work can be initiated which is expected to be completed in four years.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2011.